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Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed that the Minister without portfolio Richard Twodong explains to the House statements in media reports on civil servants without clear ideology risk losing their jobs.
Minister Todwong has said civil servants who are ideologically confused may lose their jobs.

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Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed that the Minister without portfolio Richard Twodong explains to the House statements in media reports on civil servants without clear ideology risk losing their jobs.

This was after the Soroti Woman MP Angelline Osegge rose on a matter of national importance saying that the Minister\'s statement sounded a threat to civil servants.

“This should raise concern, while they are there to implement government policies, they should not be threatened because they lack ideological clarity, I do not know which ideology is necessary for a civil servant”, Osegge said.

Osegge demanded that Minister Richard Todwong clarifies on the statements he made saying that the comments in media reports are unfortunate in the country growing in democracy and that is promoting separation of powers as well as ensuring that civil servants perform their duties without undue influence.

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Minister Richard Todwong was quoted in the media while speaking to students at the Police Training School, in Kabalye, Masindi District over the weekend saying that civil servants who aren\'t “ideologically clear” will lose their jobs in government.

He was representing the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda at the pass-out of 1,500 students who had completed a month of training as crime preventers, in policing and political ideology

Richard Todwong, who is also the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party deputy Secretary General, allegedly said that ideological clarity is very important and every civil servant working in the NRM government should have it at heart.

“We are going to shake up civil servants. If you aren\'t ideologically clear and it affects our space, we shall remove you,” Todwong allegedly told students.

Todwong was also quoted to have accused civil servants for failing to implement the NRM Manifesto.

The Public Service Standing Orders, 2010, prohibit civil servants from engaging in partisan politics. However Uganda has no universally agreed-upon ideology about how things should be done.

Minister Todwong was not in the House by the time the matter was raised and the Speaker directed that he appears Thursday to explain.