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Five Parish Chiefs Face Probe for Concealing Academic Qualifications

Luweero District Human Resource Officer Bernard Okello explains that while joining the service, the parish chiefs submitted Diploma’s as the highest level of education attained. But in 2019 when the district announced new job slots, the parish chiefs applied for promotion with academic documents indicating that they had university Degrees.
Five Parish Chiefs in Luweero district face dismissal from civil service for concealing academic qualifications while joining service. 

The Parish chiefs, whose identities are withheld, have appeared before Luweero District Service Commission to defend themselves for failing to declare their rightful academic qualifications at the time they joined civil service. Their troubles started from the applications they submitted in pursuit of job promotions.

Luweero District Human Resource Officer Bernard Okello explains that while joining the service, the parish chiefs submitted Diploma’s as the highest level of education attained. But in 2019 when the district announced new job slots, the parish chiefs applied for promotion with academic documents indicating that they had university Degrees. 

Okello says that a review of their files established that the officers acquired the Degrees before joining service and only decided to under-declare the qualification to get the jobs. Okello that concealment of academic qualifications is punishable under Public Service Commission regulations. 

Okello notes that the Chiefs have been sent to District Service Commission for disciplinary proceedings. He adds that if found that they intentionally concealed the academic qualifications, the District Service Commission may rescind the minutes under which they were appointed and recommend their dismissal, or any other punishment. 

Richard Ssembajjwe, the Chairperson of Luweero District Service Commission says that the accused chiefs acknowledged that they concealed the qualifications to be able to serve their country. Some of them said they were not aware that it was a crime to under-declare academic qualifications. 

Ssembajjwe says that they are yet to take a decision on the matter. The accused Parish Chiefs were unreachable for comment. 

Last year, Luweero district dismissed 26 staff for uttering false academic papers to gain employment. The affected staff included Primary school teachers, nursing assistants, a porter and a pensioner, who had been in service for over 10 years. One of them had retired from service but was still getting monthly pension benefits. 

In 2016, Eight Secondary School teachers fled Luweero district after Police issued warrant of arrest against them for allegedly forging their appointment and posting letters. The implicated teachers were accused of issuing forged letters to the Chief Administrative Officer between December 2015 and February 2016.