James Okwera, a resident of Labworomor in Palaro Sub-County says the absence of technical staff who should closely supervise their subordinates in the district has left civil servants to abscond from work, report late with impunity.
In his notice dated 23rd August this year, Emmy Kizito Nsubuga the Secretary for Luwero District Service Commission directed the staff to appear in person and file written submission before Commission for hearing in their disciplinary cases.
Sam Serunjogi the Director of Serunjogi Investments Limited in Wobulenzi town council says most works at the zonal offices have been taken over by security guards who don’t allow the people to seek answers from land registrars or surveyors concerning their complaints.
Bosco Ocira, the LC I Chairperson Otici Village who also doubles as the Health Center Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is currently operating partially due to the absence of many health workers.
Benjamin Makanga the District Councillor for Nakaseke sub county says that he supports the move saying there is public outcry that government buys medicine and inject a lot of money in infrastructure development but access to health services remain a challenge.
The Buvuma District LC V Chairperson, Alex Mabirizi, acknowledged the problem of absenteeism. He explained that the workers are expected to work full time but most of them report for work on Tuesday and leave by Thursday, which is affecting service delivery.
Dr. Vicent Oketcho, the Chief of Party of IntraHealth International - Uganda, discloses that in some districts such as Iganga, local leaders went further to use the attendance records to make administrative decisions including payment of salaries based on the number of days worked.
Mityana Chief Administrative Officer James Nkata told Uganda Radio Network that the salaries were withheld as an internal tool to check on persons who wanted to be paid for no work done. Nkata says that he invoked powers vested in his office by the Public Service Standing Orders, permitting him to withhold salaries of staff that abscond from duty.
A total of 1,385 out of the 104,243 registered candidates did not turn up for exams, a slight drop from the 1,421 absentees registered in 2015, according to figures released by Uganda National Examinations Board--UNEB.
Timothy Kakuru, the Deputy Head teacher Busoro Primary School, says school inspection has been inconsistent in the school, giving rise to teacher absenteeism. Kakuru wants district authorities to take action against the inspectors, whom he says are earning tax payers money, without performing their required responsibilities.
However, a few teachers have shown innovations in attempting to improve quality of performance among both the pupils and teachers, both in primary and secondary schools, though only with support of individual schools.
The parents and teachers of the school have unanimously passed a vote of no confidence in the school's head teacher Moses Ssewava. They accuse Ssewava of chronic absenteeism, mistreatment of staff and immorality.