Gulu LC V chairman Martin Mapenduzi and some Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party councilors are up in arms against five councilors accused of holding a secret meeting with President Yoweri Museveni.
The affected Councilors are Balington Olweny P’Ongwec, the LC V representative Bungatira Sub County, Kenneth Nyeko, Ongako Sub-County, Francisco Wadock Awori, Koro Sub-county, Chris Owen, Palaro Sub-county and Francis Komakech, Patiko sub-county.
The five councilors reportedly met President Museveni secretly at the Gulu 4th Division Army headquarters on his visit during the launch of the mass NRM enrollment exercise last week.
It is alleged that the FDC leaning councilors pocketed a bribe of Shillings 2 Million each to defect to the ruling National Resistance Movement.
During the meeting, the councilors reportedly accused Mapenduzi before Museveni of abetting corruption in the district.
The said meeting has split the councilors.
Martin Mapenduzi, the Gulu LC V chairman who also doubles as Gulu FDC party chairperson has lashed out at the councilors for meeting the president on monetary grounds.
He says the councilors bad mouthed him before Museveni to reap cheap benefits from the ruling party.
He says the party leadership will take stern action against the five councilors saying they don’t want moles in the party.
Kenneth Nyeko, the Ongako Sub-County LC V councilor admits that they indeed Museveni on issues of service delivery saying some matters can only be handled by the President.
He noted that their sole motive was to solicit for support directly from the president to benefit the locals and also to alert him of the alarming corruption being abetted by key district leaders.
Francis Komakech, the Patiko Sub-county LC V councilor says they did nothing wrong to meet the president.
Komakech, who is also the Gulu District FDC spokesperson, denies claims that they received Shillings 2 Million each from the president to defect from FDC to the ruling NRM Party.