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At least 364 jobs in Nakasongola are vacant as District
councilors block the appointment of the District Service Commission.
Some of the vacant positions include District Production
Officer, Natural Resources Officer, District Procurement Officer, Health
workers, Teachers, and Parish Chiefs among others.
On Thursday, Sam Kigula the LCV Chairperson of Nakasongola submitted four names to the District Council for nomination to serve as
members of the Service Commission upon the expiry of the tenure of the former members. The new names
included Aidah Nantongo, Edward Katuramu, Margaret Kaikara and Jasper Spemforce
Nalubona all retired teachers.
However, the councilors refused to discuss the names and approve
them on the grounds that the chairperson should table all five names that constitute
the District Service Commission.
Paul Ssejjemba, the District Male Workers Representative
told the Council that early this year the Public Service Commission issued a
circular warning against piecemeal submission of names to them for approval and
asked the chairman to present all members.
Ssejjemba added that they suspected that Kigula wanted to
retain James Kigudde as chairperson yet the council already passed a resolution
withdrawing his appointment and his tenure expired.
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The District Speaker Rogers Bwanga adjourned the council sitting
for minutes to enable the Executive to present the fifth name but they returned
without any other nomination.
The District Chief Administrative Officer Aggrey Muramira
advised that the four names can be approved by the council as councilors wait for
further guidance from the Public Service Commission on the fate of Kigudde.
But the Councillors unanimously voted to suspend the motion to
approve the nomination of all the members of the District Service Commission until the
Public Service Commission offers guidance on the fate of Kigudde.
Bwanga said that he would call a special council meeting to
discuss the names immediately after they get guidance from the Attorney General and Public
Service Commission on the appointment of Kigudde.
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Kigula told URN Reporter that Kigudde was lawfully nominated in 2022 and can't replace him without guidance from the Public Service Commission.
Kigula added the councilors erred by not approving the four members because these could constitute the quorum
and the District Service Commission conducts its work as they wait for guidance from the Public Service Commission.
Kigula revealed that at least 364 positions in the district are
vacant and over 900 million shillings was sent back into the consolidated funds
after the district failed to utilize the money to fill the positions.
Kigula cited some schools that operate with less than four
teachers and this has affected learners but councillors are determined to frustrate his nominations.
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Nakasongola has spent two financial years without the District Service
Commission as the Council and Executive bicker over the appointment of Kigudde as
Earlier the councilors questioned the appointment of Kigudde as
Chairperson yet he was already a member representing urban authorities.