However, after the interviews, some of the posts had their appointments withheld following a petition by a concerned citizen in the district. The petitioner cited political interference in the recruitment process.
The Chief Administrative Officer, CAO, Wasswa Masokoyi is on the
spot for allegedly refusing to sign the appointment letters for successful
In March 2019, Amudat advertised 18 positions with 26 posts
including nine replacements. The positions advertised were for administration,
works, natural resources and health.
However, after the interviews, some of the posts had their appointments
withheld following a petition by a concerned citizen, Linos Lotem.
The petitioner cited political interference in the recruitment
process. He accused local leaders of influencing recruitment of some
candidates. It is also alleged that the district chairperson, Francis Kiyonga
and his team had candidates, some of whom were Pokots that they wanted to be
Some of the posts they were interested in include the senior civil engineer,
senior medical clinical officer, nursing officer, district planner, personal
secretary, enrolled midwife, Senior Assistant Secretary, Principle Senior
Assistant Secretary and driver.
Robert Adiaka, the Resident District Commissioner, RDC who convened a security crisis
meeting on Wednesday says that some of the candidates fronted by the
politicians didn’t have the required qualifications.
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Adiaka says that the district chairperson later mobilized some
warriors from Karita to attack civil servants at the district, something he
notes forced many officers especially non- natives to flee offices.
He revealed that the security meeting convened recommended security beef for
the CAO following threats from politicians.
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But Richard Odeke, the Chairperson of the District Service
Commission says all the required procedures were followed when recruiting
Attempts for a comment from the district chairperson Amudat, Francis
Kiyonga were futile.
Amudat district has only 33% of staffing levels, the lowest in the
region. Apart from the District Internal Auditor and the District Production
Officer, all other heads of department are in acting positions.
In education department, the district has a gap of more than 40
teachers as per government sealing while the health department has a glaring
gap of 75% health workers.
One of the contributing factors, according to sources is nepotism. At some
point, the district council reportedly wanted a halt in recruitment until
natives qualify for jobs. Amudat has the lowest literacy levels in the