Somber Moods as Rakai District CAO Suspends Further Recruitment of Local Government Employees

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The CAO (standing), Rakai Chairperson Robert Benon Mugabi and His Majesty Charles Munobe in a recent council meeting

RAKAI, Uganda: Thousands of job seekers in Rakai and the neighboring districts must be in deep sorrow after Alex Kwizeera, the Rakai CAO’s decision of slap a stop at the on-going recruitment exercise.

Last month, over 600 jobs were advertised by the Rakai district Local government so that the missing gaps of different employees in different departments are filled and this saw thousands of job seekers throw in applications at the District Service Commission (DSC) offices.

Shortlisting was the next step that the CAO suspended not until he makes clear consultations from his bosses and the different departments concerned.

The advertised included health workers, teachers and head teachers, agricultural officers and accountants among others. These jobs had been cleared by the Public Service Commission and ready to be advertised way back in October 2016.

However after the IGG’s disbanding of the then DSC which was chaired by Mr. Charles Zimaze Muwawu, the recruitment was postponed until further notice.

The IGG had made investigations and came out with a report which accused the DSC of incompetence, corruption and favoritism in the 2015 recruitment process of government employees, thereby ordering for its disbandment there and then.

However, Zimaze and other committee members petitioned against the IGG’s report at Masaka High Court saying, the minutes that were used in disbanding them were doctored and were not theirs.

Kwizeera’s suspension of the recruitments has come when the district is in a dilemma of having a DSC in court matters as the District Council passed a new list of the committee members. These include John Ssenkumba, Chairperson, members Betty Nantale and Jonathan Mbabazi.

Kwizera also insisted that the district should get clear consultations from the Human Resource department on confirmation of the wage bill and also wait for the pending approval of the newly appointed DSC by the Public Service Commission.

Kwizera further adds that since the case of the disbanded DSC was still in court, he was in the process of consulting the Solicitor General whether section 56(I)(C) was supportive enough since members in court are residents of the newly created Kyotera district.

Under this section in the constitution, it is stated that for one to be a member of the DSC they must be a resident of that very district which doesn’t comply with Zimaze and Denis Ssebugwawo.

Zimaze however trashed the CAO’s statement as he said the article only works at recruitment and not removal. “The CAO should get it clear that we are not being appointed now and he should not even tamper with us. We were appointed as residents of the district and how dare he say we cease to be residents?” wondered the Chairperson.

He further said that this will imply that Kwizera doubts the DSC’s recruitment which was made way back in 2014. He added that they can only seize to be members of the DSC if Court rules against them in their case with the IGG or if their term expires on 01/08/2018.

The DSC term lasts for four years and Zimaze’s team was recruited on 01/08/2014. After the separation of Kyotera district from Rakai, the district bosses decided to use Lwengo DSC, one of its bordering neighbors in the confirmation of the district employees.

The same committee was assumed to conduct the on-going recruitments but has however seemed costly according to Kwizera.

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