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Councilors Demand Withdrawal of Town Council Staff Assigned Extra Tasks at District

Wilfred Otema, the Padibe Town Council LC V councilor, some of the staff from the lower local governments handling additional assignments at the district have never been replaced or identified people to execute their work.

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Lamwo Councilors are demanding the immediate withdrawal of civil servants from lower administrative units deployed to handle special assignments at the district headquarters.

Wilfred Otema, the Padibe Town Council LC V councilor, some of the staff from the lower local governments handling additional assignments at the district have never been replaced or identified people to execute their work.

He cites Geoffrey Nyeko Job, the Senior Internal Auditor at Padibe Town Council, who was assigned the duties of district internal auditor two years ago, and Peace Amito, a Stenographer at Padibe Health Centre IV who was assigned additional roles in the district health department.  

Others are Paul Kilama, the Senior Community Development Officer from Padibe Town Council, who was made Senior Assistant Secretary of Agoro Sub County in January 2019, Charles Omoya, an accounts assistant who was assigned the duties of the Senior Accountant and Kassim Nokrach, who is serving as Senior Agricultural officer.  

According to Otema, despite executing their additional assignments at the district headquarters diligently, the affected civil servants have abandoned their core duties in the lower local governments. He wants the affected officers recalled with immediate effect to help reinforce the thin labor force in the lower local governments, which is affecting service delivery.

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Vincent Ouma, the Workers representative, says despite numerous council recommendations and formal complaints to ensure the affected civil servants return to their substantive duty stations nothing has been done.

Ouma says that they have given the Chief Administrative Officer one month to act accordingly or else they interdict the affected staff or drag them to court for gross abscondment from their substantive duties.

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Lamwo LC V Chairperson, Sisto Ocen Oyet blames the problem of the inadequate wage bill and the previous ban on staff recruitment. He, however, says that with the newly constituted district service commission, he expects the anomaly to be resolved through mass staff recruitment to fill the human resource gap that currently stands at 48 percent.

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Lamwo Chief Administrative Officer, Alex Felix Majeme, says that the assigned employees are performing their substantive duties and the assigned roles concurrently. He explains that all lower local government civil servants are staff of the district who can be assigned, transferred, and promoted at any time.

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