5 January 2014

Uganda: Tororo LC Five Boss Warns Hospital Administrator

Emmanuel Osuna, the Tororo LC 5 chairperson, has instructed Chief Administrative Officer Vitalis Oswan to issue a last warning to Tororo hospital senior Administrator Amos Oboke to stop defying council resolutions.

Presenting the state-of-affairs report to the district council recently, Osuna accused Oboke of continuous defiance, which he said was affecting service delivery at the hospital.

"Amos Oboke, the senior hospital administrator, should stand warned. He should know that the hospital management committee was appointed by the council to perform its mandate. He therefore has no authority to reject any member of the committee unless he wants to crash," the charged Osuna said, to the amusement of the councillors and technical staff attending the meeting.

Osuna said Oboke's recurring conflict with the hospital management committee Chairman Adhola Kennedy Otiti pointed at something fishy at the hospital. He directed the CAO's office to take the matter seriously so that Oboke is called to order.

The district boss and hospital administrator have been at war since 2011, when the Otiti board was appointed into office by Osuna. Osuna accuses Oboke of mismanaging the hospital, an allegation dismissed by the hospital senior administrator, who accuses Osuna of using his position to attempt to throw him out of the hospital for selfish reasons.

Osuna's outburst before in the meeting came hardly a week after the state minister for Primary Health Care, Sarah Achieng Opendi and Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the director general of health services, visited the hospital and met with staff.

It was during that meeting that Oboke spat fire, accusing the board chairman and the LC 5 boss of conniving to fight him, something he said was affecting his performance at the hospital. Oboke's statements, which dominated the media, forced Osuna to direct the CAO to issue a warning to the hospital administrator.

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