Richard Ssembajjwe, the Chairperson of Luweero District Service Commission told URN that the dismissed staff were summoned twice in Month of December 2019 to defend themselves over the alleged forgeries but they declined to appear. The one staff who had turned up at their offices disappeared before he was interviewed over allegations.
Luweero district has dismissed 26 members of its staff for using false academic papers to gain employment in public service. The dismissed staff include a Primary School headteacher, teachers, nursing assistants and a porter, who have all served in government for more than 10 years.
This follows a validation exercise conducted by the Ministry of Public Service in 2018. During the validation, several staffs were found in possession of forged academic papers, which were then forwarded to the Inspectorate of Government for further investigations and action.
It was established that a number of them were using papers that belonged to other people, other had falsified results and never attended the schools on their transcripts. The Inspectorate subsequently ordered Luweero district administration to take action against them.
The District Service Commission took up the matter and summoned the affected staff to defend themselves. However, all of them declined to show up, a basis of which the commission directed that they all be dismissed.
Richard Ssembajjwe, the Chairperson of Luweero District Service Commission told URN that the dismissed staff were summoned twice in December 2019 to defend themselves over the alleged forgeries but they declined to appear. The one staff who had turned up at their offices disappeared before he was interviewed over allegations.
Ssembajjwe says that on the evaluation of evidence brought against the accused, they resolved to recommend to the office of Chief Administrative Officer to dismiss them from civil service.
Luweero District Human Resource Officer Bernard Okello says that the dismissal letters to affected staff were issued on February 1, by the office of Chief Administrative Officer. Okello adds that they will also notify the Inspectorate of General Government about the action taken and see wether criminal charges can be instituted against them.
However, Okello explains that the district needs to consult further before dismissing a pensioner who was also found to have used forged papers to gain employment, a job he maintained until his retirement. However, the District Service Commission recommended that he is dismissed retrospectively.
In 2016, eight Secondary School teachers fled Luweero district after Police issued warrants 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 - February 2016.
The district unearthed the forgery when they asked the Education Ministry, Permanent Secretary to authenticate the 64 teachers appointed and transferred in the 2015/2016 financial year. The response from the Ministry based on the minutes attached on the appointment letters showed that the letters presented by the eight teachers belonged to different people.