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Lamwo Civil Servants on Spot For Absenteeism

John Komakech Ogwok, the Lamwo LC 5 Chairperson believes the workers are challenged by the remote nature of the district as several of them are forced to commute from far off distant places due to lack of accommodation and essential social amenities.
20 Mar 2019 16:52
Padibe Town Council Headquarters in Lamwo district, where staff absennteeism is common

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Several civil servants in Lamwo district local government are on the spot for rampant absenteeism, late arrival at work and failing to perform.

Lamwo District was established by Act of Parliament, and it became functional on 1 July 2009 and now has over 900 civil servants.

Patrick Olila, the Lamwo district Chief Administrative Officer told URN that incidences of some staff absconding from duty is significantly rising depriving service delivery to the public. 

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Olila explained that the district has now adopted stringent measures of routine performance appraisals and annual confidential file recommendations on each staff . He said such recommendations will be submitted to the District Service Commission for action. 

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According to Olila, the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders – 2010 has made it simple for such errant staff to face the consequences of their actions as the district has started salary deductions for staff with gross misconducts.  

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John Komakech Ogwok, the Lamwo LC 5 Chairperson believes the workers are challenged by the remote nature of the district as several of them are forced to commute from far off distant places due to lack of accommodation and essential social amenities.  

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The Uganda public service standing orders – 2010 the roles, obligations and conduct of a public officer stipulates that government official working hours are Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m – 12.45 p.m. 2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m but the schedule has been commonly flouted.

The Public Service Standing Orders further requires an c officer to adhere to the Code of Conduct and Ethics for the Public Service. In addition, a public officer is subject to the Code of Professional Ethics and Practice as may be applicable to a particular profession to which the officer belongs.