By Yosam Gucwaki
The 13 Masindi district councilors pushing the removal of the district chairperson CosmasByaruhanga from office have reportedly notified the district speaker MosesKiirya of their intention to continue with the plan.
The notification is contained in a letter to Kiirya signed by the lead petitioner Julius Kahiira dated 11th October 2019 following his rejection of their petition on grounds that they did not follow the law when signing it.
In his letter to Kahiira dated 10th October, Kiirya cited the failure by the petitioners to comply with the council rules of procedure 104(3) that require the petitioners to sign the petition in the office of the clerk to council in the presence of sergeant at arms during working hours as the ground for rejecting the petition.
The speaker accordingly advised the petitioners to redo the process following the right procedure if they wanted to continue with their move.
Now based on the speaker’s advice, Kahiira who maintains that they followed the right procedure while filing the first petition said that they have followed the speaker’s guidance and have asked him to prepare the sergeant at arms on 16th this month when the 13 councilors will sign the notice.
However Kahira maintains that the councilors did not need to sign in the presence of the sergeant at arms since they were signing a notice and not a petition.
When contacted speaker Kiirya declined to comment on Kahiira’s notice saying he had not received the notice.
The petitioners cite alleged incompetence, abuse of office, breeding hatred in the district as some of the grounds for removing Byaruhanga from the office.
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