The Bundibugyo district councillors have petitioned the Ministry
of Public Service over irregularities in the recruitment process of civil
servants in the district.
The councillors accuse the Chief Administrative Officer and the
district service commission-DCC of flouting the formal recruitment processes.
Etyeni Muhumuza the District Councilor for Burondo Sub
County says that last year in November, the district recruited over 100
employees but up to date they have never accessed the government payroll.
He says the petition is intended to avoid any litigation against the district
in case the appointed persons fail to get salaries.
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The District Speaker Moses Bagambe says that the council
had also received complaints from some of the applicants over bribery allegations
in the recruitment process. He says it’s a mandate of the council to ensure the
district gets the best civil servants through a transparent and fair process.
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The Chief Administrative Officer Richard Ssejabi Bukone says
that he had received an informal complaint from a section of the councillors. He adds that he had written to the Secretary of
the District Service Commission asking him to halt the interview next week until
the issue is addressed by the ministry.
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The LCV Chairperson Bundibugyo Ronald Mutegeki says the district had initially
received a team from the ministry of public service on a fact-finding mission
to establish why it was not recruiting staff.
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However, some of the councillors disputed the chairperson's
statement arguing that the ministry's team was only checking on the performance
of the district staff.