Balikumbat D.O and Mayor Exchange Blows Over Use of Youth Day Budget

Wasum Augustine mayor of Balikumbat

Wasum Augustine mayor of Balikumbat

Youth Day celebration in Balikumbat Subdivision,  Ngoketunjia Division of the Northwest Region ended in dramatic style with the Divisional Officer Ngwa Martin Manjong and Mayor Wasum Augustine pulling the curtains over the celebration with a fist fight to resolve their differences over the amount allocated for youth day activities.

Reports say that the fight started when the mayor took the microphone to announce on the PA system that the council had given the sum of 200 000 FRS  as council support for the activities of the day, circuitously exposing the D.O who is chairman of the organizing community for having retained part of the money, when the D.O seized the microphone and a fight erupted between the two in full view of a perplexed crowd and security officials.

According to some service heads in Balikumbat, the fight was the result of tension between both men that had accumulated to unbearable level before yesterday and one of them needed to let the steam out.





The mayor reportedly arrived the ceremonial ground 10 minutes after the D.O in a deliberate move that was intended to snub the D.O who was received upon arrival only by the Inspector of Basic Education, the sub delegate for Youth Affairs and civic Education and other members of the constituted corps. Mayor Wasum also hired a separate musical set for the event despite the organizing committee having secured another.

Before the day proper, the mayor had issued a radio announcement over the local radio, Chamber FM, informing the public that the council would disburse the sum of 450 000 FRS for the four youth day centres in the subdivision, with Balikumbat central to receive 200 000 Frs.

Though both men have elected tight lips over the matter except with their confidant and collaborators, it has become common knowledge even amongst primary school pupils that the mayor is concern about how the previous amounts allocated for similar events were used, blaming the administration of not putting in use all that was allocated by the council last year.

                                           





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