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Bundibugyo Civil Servants Criticized over Absenteeism

The outcry comes days after a report by the District Public Accounts Committee which indicated that some civil servants have absconded from duty for more than two months yet they are still receiving salaries.

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Residents of Bundibugyo have blamed poor service delivery in the district on civil servants who abscond from duty. They particularly pointed out staff from the works, water, agriculture and education departments as well as the Sub County and Parish Chiefs.

The outcry comes days after a report by the District Public Accounts Committee which indicated that some civil servants have absconded from duty for more than two months yet they are still receiving salaries.

According to the findings, the Sub County headquarters of Busaru, Bubugwanga, Ntandi and Bugusu have been abandoned while offices are left open in other sub-counties with no staff to attend to the needs of the residents.

Enock Baguma, the Chairperson of Busaru Sub County water committee says that he has, on several occasions, tried in vain, to meet the district water officers for a possible intervention to address the water problem in the area.

Godfrey Masereka, a farmer in Ntandi village in Bubugwanga Sub County says farmers in the area are also struggling to get guidance on how to manage their crops and animals but cannot be helped in the absence of agricultural extension workers.

The District Chief Administrative Officer Amon Agaba says his office will carry out investigations and take action against those found guilty of absenteeism. He says he has already written to the civil servants demanding for an explanation on the concerns as raised by residents.

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Charles Asaba, the chairperson of the District Public Accounts Committee says that the district is wasting resources by paying civil servants for no work done. He faults the chief administrative officer for not monitoring the workers' arrival and departure time.

Last year, the Public Service minister Muruli Mukasa warned that public servants who absent themselves from duty without permission for more than two weeks will have their names removed from the payroll and those who abscond for two days will have their salary deducted.

 According to Mukasa, absenteeism and non-compliance with the standing orders are some of the evils that had plagued Public Service and hampered service delivery.

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