Maracha District Council Bans Self-drive for Technical and Political Leaders

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Maracha district council has banned all technical and political leaders from driving themselves in government vehicles and rendering employed drivers redundant. 

In an extraordinary sitting held yesterday, the over 20 councilors unanimously passed a resolution that no district leader assigned a vehicle should drive themselves to avoid more risks of accidents and mismanagement of government vehicles. 

The council decision follows two incidences involving the outgoing LC 5 chairman Lawrence Adiga and the Chief Administrative Officer Christopher Okumu in which the later more than a month ago overturned his double cabin vehicle while driving himself and damaged it. 

The councilors were forced to task the CAO to repair the vehicle from his own coffers while the LC 5 chairman is still footing treatment bills for two election officials whom he reportedly knocked during elections of the local government leaders recently as he drove himself using his official vehicle. 

Francis Govule chairperson social and community services Maracha district local government, who presented the motion of the council said they were forced to take such a decision because of the accidents that have occurred in the hands of the officials. 

Citing the education office Govule explained that departments with vehicles being driven by officers other than the assigned drivers have drastically worn out while those that are being driven by employed drivers have remained in good state.   

Geoffrey Afimani the directly elected male councilor of Oluffe Sub County to Maracha district council says the actions of the errant officers tantamount to a disservice and also pose a great risk of accidents.

Emmanuel Wani the Speaker Maracha district Council directed the Chief Administrative Officer to ensure immediate implementation of the Council resolution. 

According to reports, four vehicles of Maracha district local government have been damaged due to reckless driving by some of the Technical and Political leaders and it is feared that leaders who have lost seats in the just concluded elections could pose more threat of damage if allowed to drive themselves using the government vehicles. 

This is the first time the council of Maracha has taken a bold decision to prohibit driving of vehicles by officials since the district came in to effect in 2011.