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Corruption, Political Interference Frustrating District Service Commissions in Karamoja

The Ministry of Public Service established that many staff were in acting positions for over years due to a lack of qualifications or corruption. The commission noted that there has been a common practice for districts to return money to the treasury when there are staffing gaps but kept for relatives who are still in school.
Public service commision stakeholders conference for the districts service commisions in Karamoja

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The Ministry of Public Service is concerned about the acts of corruption and political interference which is frustrating the work of the district service commission in the Karamoja sub-region.

While meeting leaders from the nine districts of Karamoja in Moroto, the commission established that many district staff have been in acting positions for years due to lack of qualifications or corruption.

The commission noted that there has been a common practice for districts to return money to the treasury when there are several vacancies in various departments that have been ring-fenced for relatives of district leaders who are still in school.

Mary Grace Mugasa, the State Minister for Public Service, said that the nomination of the service commission by the district leadership has been frustrated by politics.

Mugasa accused the political leaders of recruiting their agents into the commission as a means of rewarding them.  She noted that this has affected the performance of the commission and promoted nepotism during recruitment exercises.

Mugasa also revealed that the Public Service Commission has resolved to halt the recruitment exercises in the entire country due to irregularities in the system.

She noted that during their spot check at the district local government, they discovered that a lot of money was used for paying ghost workers while in some districts, the artists were being paid on a scale for science teachers.

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Members of the district service commissions cited inadequate funding and trust from the community they serve as some of the barriers frustrating their work.

Paul Abul, the Chairperson Napak District Service Commission noted that they face many challenges during the recruitment exercise even when they try to ensure the exercise is transparent.

Abul noted that many youths in Karamoja apply for positions yet they lack the qualifications and when they are not shortlisted, they claim corruption.

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Mark Aol Musoka, a member of the Moroto District Service Commission noted that the shortage of funding has also frustrated their mandate to excuse the duties forcing them to sit only once a year.

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However, Joseph Lobot, the LCV Chairperson for Amudat, refuted the accusation of political interference during the recruitment process.  Lobot noted that mistakes are always committed by the commission because some of the members are not qualified.

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