Batambuze was signing appointment letters and posting instructions of more than 90 staff when the District Chairperson and his executive stormed his office on Thursday accusing him of soliciting bribes from the applicants.
The Kumi Chief Administrative
Officer Abdu Batambuze narrowly survived angry councillors who stormed his
office over alleged irregularities in the recruitment of district staff.
Batambuze was signing appointment
letters and posting instructions of more than 90 staff when the District
Chairperson and his executive stormed his office on Thursday accusing him of
soliciting bribes from the applicants.
Sam Akol, the District Vice
Chairperson says that two weeks ago, the council executive requested the office
of the CAO for a meeting with the District Service Commission (DSC) following
concerns from the public on alleged cases of corruption in exchange for jobs at
the district. But, he says, the CAO told them that members of the District
Service Commission were on leave for three weeks.
But, he says, that they were
shocked to see the District Service Commission officials in the office.
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Kumi District Chairperson Nelson
Elungat says that after receiving complaints from some people about the recruitment
irregularities, he wrote to the CAO, asking him to stay the issuance of
appointments to the new staff pending investigations. However, he adds that he
was dismayed to see the head of the institution doing the contrary.
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Kevin Isooto, the councillor
representing the people of Kakure and Mukongoro sub-counties says the issue of
corruption in the District Service Commission has become a disease in Kumi
District. He however did not point out specific cases of corruption.
But Batambuze says the political
wing especially the executive has had issues with the DSC which he notes he had
to intervene. He adds that he was signing appointments of persons whom the DSC
had cleared without any interference from anyone known to him. According to
Batambuze, he has received the warning from the Ministry over recruitment funds
likely to return to the treasury if not spent.
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It took the intervention of the
District Police Commander, James Kawalya, to calm the situation after sitting
both parties down. In the emergency security meeting, the parties resolved to
allow the CAO to continue with the issuance of appointment letters and posting
instructions as the district executive committee commences investigations into
the said recruitment irregularities.
However, URN has learnt that
Batambuze is on transfer to Kayunga district. The district, according to
reliable sources, has not paid more than 200 teachers recruited by the District
Service Commission in November yet accessed the group is already deployed.
Last December, Richard Ochom, the
Kumi Municipality Mayor mobilized residents on the radio to demonstrate against the alleged
corruption in Kumi. But the demonstration scheduled for January 12, was foiled
by the Police.