With the District Executive Committee now having 3 out of 5 members, it can now sit and make decisions.
Kisoro – The Kisoro district council sitting on Monday July 26 at Seseme Girl’s SS has approved Nyiraguhirwa Pamela as the Secretary for Finance.
The same council, through a secret ballot vote rejected the Nambajimana Alex and Mfitumukiza John, who had been renominated for the Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Health posts respectively.
This was after a heated debate, with members accusing the two rejected councillors of not being the right candidates for the job.
For instance, Agaba James who represents Northern Division accused Mr Mfitumukiza of dishonesty, noting that he recently failed to deliver cash allowances for his fellow councillors Nyirabuntu Dorothy of Chahafi Town Council in time.
He also discredited him for failing to address council in a previous sitting.
While defending himself, Mr Mfitumukiza called this unfounded allegations, saying he was not a messenger in the Clerk to Council’s office.
When asked, the clerk to council said he had given Mfitumukiza allowances for two councillors for delivery, but only delivered to one of them. However, he said the matter had been solved before the council sat.
Nambajimana Alex was accused of grabbing public land at Rugina in Nyarusiza Sub County and at Nyamagana in Kisoro Municipality and illegally driving a government vehicle belonging to the LC5 Chairperson’s office.
There was also a long debate about Mr Nambajimana’s academic qualifications, with some expressing doubt on the equation of his documents and the names not matching.
Hon Phillip Ntacyotugira, advised the councillors to ignore that controversy, and focus on looking at other issues.
Irankunda Innocent who represents Murora Sub County went on to say that Mr Nambajimana was recently involved in a fight with another councillors at a public place, with a case reported at police, saying such character cannot be material for the Vice Chairperson office.
Such comments from Mr Irankunda aroused an altercation in the council, with the district Chairperson Abel Bizimana warning Mr Irankunda against including him in the allegations.
There was a heated verbal exchange between the two, until the speaker Amos Hakizimana intervened and asked Irankunda to withdraw statements that had hurt Bizimana.
The speaker called for voting through a secret ballot, for councillors to either approve or reject the nominees, saying the house was visibly divided.
Out of 44 votes, Mr Nambajimana got 18 yet he needed 29 votes to hit the required two thirds mark,as 29 councillors rejected him.
John Mfitumukiza got 19 votes in favour, as 25 rejected him, yet he needed more than a half of the votes.
On the other hand, Nyiraguhirwa Pamelah attained 38 votes out of 44.
With the District Executive Committee (DEC) now having 3 out of 5 members, it can now sit and make decisions.
Bizimana Abel and Nyiraguhirwa Pamelah took oaths as Secretaries for Works and Finance respectively. It now remains to be seen whether Mr Bizimana will renominate the two rejected candidates for the positions in the third council sitting, as some sources have said he has stated.