Dokolo LC5 chairperson reshuffles executive committee, drops deputy after fall out

By Stanley Ebele and Jasper Ouni

Dokolo – The District Chairperson of Dokolo James Otoo Apili has made changes in his cabinet that among others saw his Vice Bob Daramoi dropped.

Daramoi, who served as vice chairperson since 2021 was replaced by Moses Ocen (NRM). Ocen is a representative of Adok Sub County to the district Council.

The Dokolo district Chairperson and his vice fell out over a proposal for construction of Tetugu health Centre III in Agwata Town Council under a pledge by Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.

This became a thorny matter in the Council while setting priority whether to upgrade Atabu Health Centre II in Bata Sub County, where the Vice Chairperson hails from or for the district to contribute some resources for establishment of Tetugu health Centre III as pledged by the Health Minister.

While the Chairperson supported the plan to establish Tetugu, his Vice opposed it publicly.

Meanwhile, the District Chairperson also appointed Santos Okuja (FDC) Secretary for Education and Health after dropping Rebbeca Arao (NRM).

Also appointed to the District Executive Committee is NRM’s Joan Bua who comes in as Secretary Works and Technical Services. The docket was being held by the chairperson himself.

Francis Ogwal Nam has been moved from Secretary Community Based Services to Secretary Production and Marketing. James Otto Apili, the chairperson has assigned himself as Secretary Community Based Services

The New Executives were approved during Council meeting chaired by the District Speaker, Joel Okuma Opota on Thursday.

In another twist of events, the Deputy Speaker, Jasper Omara resigned from his position saying he realized he can not perform his duties as Deputy Speaker due to his commitment to studies.

He tendered his resignation before the Clerk to Council and was accordingly accepted by the speaker.

“I found out that I can no longer execute my duties as Deputy Speaker pursuant to my career at a public University in South Sudan,” reads part of his resignation letter tendered before council on Thursday.

The resignation of Omara as Deputy Speaker comes barely weeks after LBS Radio broke the news of his absconding Council business both as Deputy Speaker and District Councillor since being sworn in.