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
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
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
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.