Absenteeism Lands Kabarole CAO in Trouble

Civil servants in Kabarole district are in trouble over continued absenteeism in the district meetings and council.
Civil servants in Kabarole district are in trouble over continued absenteeism in the district meetings and council.

Adolf Mwesige, minister of local government, who is disappointed with the practice, described it a sign of indiscipline and sabotage of government programmes.

The minister noted that most technical staff in Kabarole boycott the councils and meetings yet they are required to answer some queries regarding to finance and development in their departments.

Minister Mwesige’s tough comments came on Monday after Juma Nyende, the Kabarole Chief Administrative Officer, his deputy Peter Bagambaki and other technical staff boycotted the District  National Agricultural Advisory Services—NAADS annual review meeting.

The meeting held at Kagote S.D.A Hall in West division Fort Portal municipality, was running under the theme “Contributions of leaders to the success of NAADS”.

Mwesige, who is also Bunyangabu County Member of Parliament, said that due to lack of support from the district technical staff in the government programmes, heads of departments in the district face a lot of resistance in attaining their goals.

The minister asked the CAO and his deputy to write to him explaining why they were absent in the meeting yet they were expected to present the status of the district.

But Richard Rwabuhinga, the district chairperson, defended the duo saying that they had gone to appear before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee—PAC.

Nyende could not be reached for a comment as his known mobile telephone number 070-4-021732 could not go through.

Mwesige advised the NAADS technical staff to focus more on commercial farming and grow crops like tea, coffee, and pineapple among others to increase income instead of subsistence farming that focuses on food security.

The minister challenged district leaders to promote a revolution in agriculture and sensitize famers to change their attitude and embrace commercial farming.

Grace Kazigati, the district NAADS coordinator, challenged leaders to always support them in mobilizing the public at local levels to embrace the NAADS program so as to achieve the prosperity for all.

She however expressed her disappointment over some sub county leaders who have mishandled NAADS technologies.