Kayunga, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Joel Kayiira, 28, has assumed the office of LC V chairperson Kayunga district. Kayiira who has been Vice-Chairperson replaces Ffefeka Sserubogo who died last month.
Kayiira, a member of the National Unity Platform-NUP, who is also a councillor representing Ggaliraya sub-county says that he will emulate Sserubogo whose main focus was to solve land wrangles in Kayunga.
He says that he will also prioritize improving the education sector, poverty alleviation, health and the poor road infrastructure.
The Kayunga district Chief Administrative Officer Roselyn Adong Ruhoni who handed Kayiira the office in the presence of the district auditors asked him to ensure working together with all the district council members and the technical staff.
According to section 18(5) of the Local Government Act, if the chairperson dies, resigns or is removed from office, the vice-chairperson shall assume the office of chairperson until the election of a new chairperson, and the election shall take place within six months.
Although several people have started to show interest in the LC V seat, residents say that they trust Kayiira will diligently run the office for six months.
James Lukyamuzi, a resident of Kayunga town council says his trust in the acting chairperson stems from the fact that he was appointed by Sserubugo to deputize him.
Sserubugo’s body was found by relatives hanging on a tree rising suspicion of foul play among the residents. However, the results of the post-mortem done on the body suggest he committed suicide.
The post-mortem report was conducted at Mulago hospital by three senior surgeons and one independent doctor provided by the family. It was also conducted in the presence of one family member Abubakar Kikuubo.
According to Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson, Sserubogo hanged himself using a rope that broke the spinal code in the neck area.