Civil servants and political leaders in Ntungamo District are jubilating over the transfer of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Mr Ananias Kweyamba Ruhemba.
Mr Ben Kumumanya, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, in a letter dated March 5th 2019, transferred Ruhemba to Mbarara district local government with immediate effect.
He has been replaced by Ms Joanitah Nakityo, who has been the CAO of Butebo District.
The moves comes after the Ntungamo district council last year recommended for his immediate transfer, accusing him of failing to implement council resolutions.
The councillors accuse him of tampering with the district budget.
The District Chairperson, Mr Denis Singahache, welcomed Ruhemba’s transfer, saying that he was a dictator in managing the district.
“Surely I am happy and it was a relief for the betterment this district and all workers because he was incompatible with all workers. He failed to pay workers and was ever absent from office,” Singahache noted.
Kweyamba has not been in office since the death of his son late, Arnold Kwesiga, who committed suicide in December 2018
The CAO was also accused of failing to cut old trees and replanting new ones at the district headquarters, failing to dispose of old vehicles and old beds at Itojo hospital, among other issues.
Early this month, Mr Mugyema Swizen, a commissioner from the Ministry Of Local Government, held a special consultative meeting with councilors where by a total of 32 councilors voted in favor of his transfer, 02 voted against while 05 others abstained.
However, Mr Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, the Itojo sub county councillor, who is among those that opposed the transfer, revealed that the councilors acted out of sentiments and were not patient enough to give the chief administrative officer a fair hearing since he was on leave.