The Local Government Ministry has knifed embattled Chief Administrative Officer of Namisindwa district, replacing him with the acting CAO Katakwi district.
On Monday this week, we told you of how CAO Olobaro had an axe to grind with the PS ministry for Public Service Catherine Birakwate Musingwire over a Shs1.5bn deal. The deal arose from a decision by Olobaro to inflate the number of staff at the district without clearance from her ministry.
Birakwate in her letter had okayed recruitment but put a ceiling on the number which unfortunately was massively inflated hence attracting possible unnecessary arrears arising from the heavy wage bill. In total, Olabaro’s illegal actions would cost the tax payer an additional Shs1.5bn wage burden.
A fire spitting Birakwate in her letter to CAO asked him to explain in detail his actions and why disciplinary proceedings couldn’t be commenced against him. She gave him five days to explain his mess.
Now, following our expose, the district also went up in arms and demanded for his immediate ouster from Namisindwa.
We can now comfortably reveal that the ministry for local government has swung a sharp axe on him.
In a letter penned by Local Government Permanent Secretary Ben Kumamanya, it’s indicated that John Patrick Nuweabigaba who has been the acting CAO Katakwi has replaced Franco Olabaro the outgoing CAO Namisindwa. The letter directs that the changes are effected immediately.
Following the changes by the Local Government Ministry, Franco Olabaro in a communication to the District Chairperson, Resident District Commissioner, District Speaker and all Heads of Departments, says he will be officially handing over office to the newly transferred CAO, John Patrick Nuweabigaba this Friday at the Namisindwa District Administration Block.
The Namisindwa District Local Government Councilors accused Olabaro of having a poor working relationship with the political leaders and mismanagement of the payroll among other issues. Olabaro however, maintains his innocence on the allegations.