Most employees of Namisindwa district stayed away from office on Monday fearing
a demonstration by residents protesting anomalies in the recent recruitment
came after a group of anti-corruption crusaders started mobilising residents to
storm the district headquarters to express their dissatisfaction with the
recruitment process and demand the resignation of the District Service
Commission and LC V Chairperson, George William Wopuwa for alleged corruption.
activists claim that the District Service Commission members solicited bribes
from applicants in exchange for jobs. Because of the fear of being attacked by
the protesters, several district officials stayed away on Monday.
including that of procurement, production,
natural resources and health department were abandoned for the entire day.
CAO’s office only his secretary was present. There was tight and heavy police
deployment in Bupoto trading Centre and all entry points leading to the district
officers searched whoever wanted to access the district headquarters and asked
the purpose of their visit. Those who
entered the district and appeared to be lousing around the compound were asked
The police officers also impounded the motorcycle of the district education officer who they suspected to be
among the protesters.
Namisidwa District Police Commander, Livingstone
Ssendikadiwa defended the deployment, saying it was meant to prevent chaos at
the district headquarters.
Ssendikadiwa said they had received information that
some people were planning to storm the headquarters and vandalize property.
Our reporter overheard some causal workers wondering what had
happened at the district headquarters because of the absence of civil servants.
“At this time there are no people in office!! It looks like it’s the district
has turned into a private property to be heavily guarded by police” one of the
causal workers said.
security officer who was guarding the premises was also heard lamenting as they
were being used to protect perpetrators of bribery yet they ate their money
“These people are making us suffer for nothing. We were not there when
they ate their bribes now they want us to protect them against the angry
residents who paid them money,” he said.
William Wopuwa, the Namisindwa District chairperson, defended the absence of
the civil servants, saying they were scared for their lives.
He said some
people had dropped an anonymous letter at the district demanding for the
display of newly appointed staff.
//Cue in: ''There was a rumor....
Cue out:.....sub county,”//
Resident District Commissioner, Moses Kigai Wamoto appealed for calm from
residents, saying he will pronounce himself on the allegations of bribery in
the job recruitment as the head of security in the district.
//Cue in: “What has....
Cue out:...is calm,”//
Chief Administrative Officer-CAO couldn’t be reached as his known numbers were