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Absence of Service Commission Fails Recruitment of 40 Staff in Gulu District

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.

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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 Oryem.

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 among others.

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.

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