Maracha LC5 Chairman, NRM Boss exchange blows over arrested civil servants

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi   June 15, 2022
MARACHA. There was free drama at Maracha district headquarters on Wednesday morning when Stephen Obitre, the district Chairperson exchanged hot blows with the district NRM Chairperson, Gabriel Ofeku allegedly over the arrested district officials.
The two engaged in physical fight after a sharp disagreement on whether the officials were worth being arrested or not.
The officials including Timothy Ezati, the district engineer, Flavia Osoa, the DEO, Paul Abiribale Tatia, the district Internal Auditor and Nolah Avako, the Senior Environment officer were arrested on Tuesday over allegations of abuse of office and misappropriation of shs1.9billion meant for different projects at Kololo Seed secondary school in Tara sub county.
However, reports indicate that Obitre and Ofeku started developing the misunderstanding over the above civil servants last week when information reached the district that Peter Ogwang, the State Minister for economic monitoring has ordered Festus Ayikobua, the Maracha RDC to have the implicated officials arrested.
Being the NRM Chairperson and having gathered a lot about the suspects, we were told that Ofeku was so excited about the news but Obitre wanted the officials out of jail on grounds that the implicated officials are vote controllers in the district.
His argument was that since the financial year was coming to an end, the officials needed to balance their books and release funds for activities before the monies are returned to the treasury.
However, Ofeku insisted that the law must take its course since the officials’ act has already caused loss of tax payers’ money.
The situation worsened on Tuesday when the officials were finally arrested, leading to a bitter exchange between the two district bosses on phone.
When the two physically met at the district headquarters on Wednesday, they immediately greeted each other with hot blows.
Eye witnesses said the district bosses collared and boxed each other until different staff members abondoned their laptops and jumped out of their offices to separate the two.
In the process, the LC5 and the NRM chairman’s shirts were torn.
After the fight, Obitre entered his car and drove at neck break speed towards Arua town, leaving the giant Ofeku still yawning for more.
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Caption: Obitre in grey cort and Ofeku in yellow NRM shirt being separated during the fist fight on Wednesday.

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