24 Civil Servants Face Dismissal in Luwero District

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.
14 Sep 2021 17:23
24 civil servants in Luwero district face dismissal for absconding from duty and insubordination.   They include teachers, nurses, clinical officers, porters, and security guards among others.

In a notice dated 23 August 2021, Emmy Kizito Nsubuga the Secretary for Luwero District Service Commission directed the staff to appear in person and file written submissions before the commission for hearing of their disciplinary cases.

Kizito says that some of the staff appeared before the commission while others never turned up.

When asked how the teachers could have absconded from duty yet schools were closed, Kizito explained these committed cases before the lockdown.

The other civil servants are accused of gross misconduct, denying services to patients, frequent absenteeism, unsatisfactory performance and failure to comply with posting instructions.

Sources told URN that the commission discovered that some staff were engaged in double employment, went abroad and others extended their study leave without following a due process.

One of the staff is alleged to have got married in Kenya and left Uganda years ago.

It was also found that some staff joined the Civil Service to enable them to claim their benefits from the National Social Security Fund-NSSF and after this was achieved, they abandoned the duty.

Bernard Okello the Luwero District Human Resource Officer says that some staff apply for study leave but the duration expired and neither reapplied for extension or returned to work.

According to sections (A-N) 19 and 20 of the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, the Responsible Officer shall stop the salary immediately and submit to the Appointing Authority for a formal directive of staff removal from the public service on abscondment of duty.

The orders further stated that the officer who abandons duty shall also forfeit all rights and privileges attached to his or her office with effect from the date of abscondment.

Last year, Luweero District Service Commission recommended the dismissal of twenty-seven staff for uttering forged academic papers to gain employment in government.

The affected staff included Primary teachers, nursing assistants, a porter and a pensioner. The affected staff have served in service for over 10 years.