Gulu District Local Government has failed to fill more than 40
vacant positions after the term of office for three members on the district
service commission (DSC) expired in January.
The service commission which consists of five members has only two members, whose
term is still running, leaving out the rest whose term had expired. The three
members of the district service commission whose terms of offices expired on
January 17 this year are; Paulinus Nyeko, Juliet Ezaga and Augustine Apire
The vacant positions include District Health Officer, District
Engineer, Assistant District Health Officer for Maternal and Child Health,
Assistant Engineering Officer and Principal Entomologist.
Others are Staff Surveyor, Assistant Entomological Officer,
Principal Agricultural Officer, Population Officer, Fisheries Officer and drivers
Martine Ojara Mapenduzi, the outgoing Gulu District LCV Chairperson, says by
the time the term of the members had expired, the commission had advertised the vacant positions and had already finished with the shortlisting and was preparing to conduct interviews.
Ojara revealed that the inability of Gulu District Council to extend the terms
of offices of the three members has not only
left Gulu District with a low staffing level but also made its budget allocation
for wage returned to the central government since the end of the financial year
2020/2021 is close.
He asked the Chief Administrative Officer to seek the services of the
District Service Commission of another district.
Stella Lillian Lalam, the Chairperson of Social Services,
Production, Marketing and Natural Resource Committee says the quality of works
at the health facilities and schools are not being achieved due to inadequate staff. She said that
midwives and nurses are below the required number in most of the health facilities
in the district.
Lalam revealed that she is worried that Gulu District might send
back the money meant for salaries and wages to the treasury if it is not put to use before the financial year ends.
Christine Atimango, a resident of Gulu District expressed her
dismay over the vacant positions. She wants the chairman
and the Chief Administration Officer to take action on the matter.
Geoffrey Okaka, the Gulu District Chief Administrative Officer says he is yet
to consult the Ministry of Local Government before proceeding to seek the
services of the District Service Commission of another district.