Parish Chairperson on the Spot Over Sale of Trees

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By Felix Tumwesigye


James Turyamutunga alias Ryeiza the local council II Chairperson for Kanjoobe parish in Kyanamira sub county is in trouble over the sale of a tree plantation covering three hectares.

The chairperson is said to have connived with the parish chief James Niwamanya to sell off the trees in Nyamirwa village without the endorsement of the Sub county council and deviated from all the procurement and disposal procedures.

Boniface Byamukama the LCI chairperson for Nyamirwa village says that the locals were shocked after getting information that the trees had been sold off without seeking clearance from the relevant offices.

Byamukama describes the act as a shame and disappointment to the people as the leaders who are supposed to protect public property are the ones turning against it.
Another resident who preferred anonymity told our reporter that this is the second time that Turyatunga is implicated in such an incident, He says that about four years ago he was forced to refund money that he had obtained from the sale of part of the plantation.

Christine Niwamanya the LC III female councilor for Kanjobe parish says that the complaints from the locals have reached her and she has already informed the sub county leadership about the incident.

Kyanamira sub county district councilor Bridget Asinga Tumwesigye who also doubles as the Kabale district chairperson says that she has received complaints from the locals but she is yet to verify the allegations.
Our reporter visited the plantation and found that the trees had been cut down by a yet to be identified buyer while others had been piled next to the road for transportation.
Residents told our reporter that some the trees had been transported by lorries towards Kabale town.

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