At least 1,800 civil servants in Kitgum district are undergoing a validation
exercise. The exercise started last month following a directive to all local
governments by the Ministry of Public Service.
The validated staff include those in the agriculture department, community-based services, finance, health
workers among others. The other group that will be validated are teachers who are majority of
civil servants in the district.
Jackson Omona, the Kitgum District LC 5 Chairperson disclosed that
the exercise dragged on more than necessary because introducing the new
personnel structures did not go well with some staff who felt their positions
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Omona explained that some of the validated staff have been posted
to different positions basing on their qualifications. Omona further notes that
the exercise will, as a result, improve performance in the district.
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Over time, several staff have returned to school to upgrade in
their academic qualifications.
Such officers have for long been under-utilized in acting
positions which the human resource manual termed as a disservice.
There are allegations that some officers were arrested with fake
and falsified academic documents during the exercise.
However, Moses Kapolon, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer says such staff
once investigations are concluded will be sacked.
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It is the second time the government is carrying out staff validation. In 2014, the auditor general validated all public officers on the
government payroll in a bid to weed out ghost workers, but according to the
public service ministry, some workers
missed out on the exercise.
The validation exercise helps identify non-existent workers who
draw salaries from the district without any formal posting.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.