From Kapchorwa to Yumbe: Trouble in the LC Courts

In Kapchorwa, the leaders of three newly created sub-counties in the district of Kapchorwa have refused to pick government issued bicycles until they have been paid salaries. The LC I and II chairs of Kapchekwongo, Moep and Sowo sub-counties reported to the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of the area that they had not received their pay since the sub-counties were created and they started work. The agitated leaders are slighted that their counterparts in other sub-counties are getting paid while they were told that no money was sent for them. There are allegations that a few top district officials diverted the money into their own pockets. Musobo Michael, who sent in this report, tells News-Hapa that the leaders have been promised their pay in full within a week.

In Yumbe however, the storm in the LC courts has nothing to do with principles on the part of its leaders. An LC III chairman in the area made off with and sold a motorcycle that belonged to his office. He went into hiding after that incident, but recently resurfaced when he was arrested and charged with illegally felling trees in Kei Reserved Forest. Arrested by the NFA on a tip-off from one of his juniors, a LC I chairman, the senior local leader was reportedly given a cash bond of 500,000 shillings, and is expected to appear in court on 14th November.

- Oct. 22, 2013
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