- The councilors argue it is illegal to hire another driver
- The LC5 chairman says it is a mechanic who drives the car and not another unofficial driver
- The CAO says it is okay for the LC5 chairman to change driver
- The councilors are worried of security of the car and who takes responsibility in case of any accident or damage of the official car
By Atiku Robert
Maracha- The LC5 Chairman, Lawrence Adiga, has come under spotlight after he has been cited by the district councilors for using a private driver.
During a heated council on Friday, the councilors said using private driver was illegal because he would not be accounted for any damage on the official government car. The districts are mandated to recruit a driver for the political head of the district who is paid a salary and earn some allowance.
The councilors claim it is illegal for the district chairman to be driven by private drivers during official duties. The Councilor for Oluffe Sub county, Geoffrey Afimani, said in October last year a private driver drove the district chairman for routine monitoring.
“On 19th of December 2017 there was a driver whom I am not sure of who drove the chairman for routine monitoring. He also signed allowance of Shs 88, 000 for the monitoring.”
The councilors argued that in case of any eventuality, the district may deny taking responsibility for such a driver.
The female Councilor for Tara and Yivu Sub-counties, Josephine Inzikuru, asked: “In case an unauthorized driver in the district gets an accident, will the district not move away from responsibility that they do not know the driver?”
She added: “Who is the one paying the emoluments and any other allowances to this driver?”
The District Speaker, Emmanuel Wani, said: “It is not even indicated in any law that a district chairman can use a private person as his driver during official duties.”
However, Lawrence Adiga the district chairman defended his decision and said: “As the political head of the district, I work for twenty-four hours. How do you expect me not to respond to an emergency when my driver’s phone is off? The gentleman you are talking about is a mechanic. When you see him driving my official vehicle, it means he does road testing after doing some minor repairs. Do you want the chairman not to go out because the tire is down (deflated)? ” Adiga asked.
Mr Kisule Martin the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Maracha district said it is okay for the Chairman to change drivers for security purposes. “These big politicians move a lot. And they are always suspicious. Because when you are a big person, some people look for you so as to find a way of bringing you down. I remember when I was in Kiruhura, we had a district chairman who brought three drivers within two years.”