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Court Dismisses Application to Block Staff Recruitment in Nabilatuk

Pian County MP Remigio Achia ran to court, seeking a temporary injunction on the recruitment of staff on grounds that the process of recruitment and the running of job adverts were without the approval of the interim district council of Nabilatuk. Achia also challenged the minutes of council attached in the advert as not being authentic.
Pian County MP Remigio Achia adressing a crowd during the Barasa meeting on Wednesday.

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The High Court in Soroti has dismissed an application seeking to block the recruitment of staff in Nabilatuk District Local Government.  The new district carved out of Nakapiripirit district in 2018 advertised for 26 jobs in January, 2021.

But Pian County MP Remigio Achia ran to court, seeking a temporary injunction on the recruitment of staff on grounds that the process of recruitment and the running of job adverts were without the approval of the interim district council of Nabilatuk. Achia also challenged the minutes of council attached in the advert as not being authentic.

Some of the positions advertised include the Information Technology Officer, Principal Human Resource Officer, District Production Officer, District Commercial Officer, District Engineer, District Natural Resources Officer, Chief Finance Officer, Law Enforcement Officer and Cold Chain Technicians, among others. Nabilatuk has less than 40 percent staffing levels. The district had put aside 302 million shillings for the recruitment of staff.

However, in his judgement on Friday, Justice Wilson Masalu Musene, the Resident Judge of Soroti noted that whereas the MP faulted the district for allegedly flouting guidelines for recruitment, it was contrary to his findings. The judge also wondered why the MP wanted to block recruitment that was meant to serve the district and the community he represents in parliament.

“I therefore agree with the submissions of counsel for the respondent that the respondent has followed all the procedural steps, and so there is no prima facie case with probability of success. I accordingly reject the application for grant of temporary injunction,” the judge’s ruling read in parts.

Achia and his lawyers were not in court as the decision was made. But Nabilatuk Chief Administrative Officer, Alfred Malinga said he was relieved by the ruling.  He told our reporter that by the time of the court hearing, the applicants had been shortlisted for interviews.

//Cue in; “There was no illegality…

Cue out…an injunction.”//