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Absence of District Service Commission Frustrates Recruitment of Parish Chiefs

In August 2021, Busia district council approved three nominees to the district service commission and forwarded the names to the Public Service commission for confirmation. However, to date, the Public Service Commission is yet to confirm the nominees, which has affected the appointment of key district staff.

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The implementation of the parish model in Busia district hangs in balance due to the failure to recruit parish chiefs owing to the absence of of a substantive District Service Commission. 

The Parish Development Model is a government program that seeks to organize and deliver public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level.   

Busia district received funds from the government to recruit 25 parish chiefs to implement the program. 

In August 2021, Busia district council approved three nominees to the district service commission and forwarded the names to the Public Service commission for confirmation. 

 

However, to date, the Public Service Commission is yet to confirm the nominees, which has affected the appointment of key district staff. 

Busia LC V Chairperson, Stephen Mugeni Wasike, says that they have several vacant posts and many other people in acting capacity but their hands are tied in the absence of a district service Commission. 

He says that the delayed confirmation of the District Service Commission members has slowed the progress of the implementation of parish model programs. 

He says that they need to recruit 25 parish chiefs for the program, adding that they have now the Chief Administrative Officer-CAO to the public service commission.

English audio:

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The issue of the district service commission and recruitment of parish chiefs in Busia district was first raised during a meeting between officials from the office of the President, Resident District Commissioners and heads of security in Elgon and Bukedi sub regions in Mbale City last week.  

Busia Resident District Commissioner, John Rex Aachila told Peter Ogwang, the Minister for Economic Monitoring that the LC V chairperson and his council are failing efforts to source the services of the District Service Commission from a neighboring district to handle the recruitment.

Timothy Mangeni and George Barsa, both residents of Busia, say that the absence of a district service commission has slowed service delivery.  

Luganda audio    

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