7 July 2009

Uganda: IGG Should Handle Late Comers, Says Prof. Kirya

Kampala — THE chairperson of the Health Service Commission, Prof. George Kirya, wants civil servants who report late for work to be reported to the Inspector General of Government (IGG) for disciplinary action.

Kirya , who was once Uganda's High Commissioner to Britain and a former vice-chancellor of Makerere University, said there was a great need to inculcate time management amongst Ugandans, especially civil servants.

He said: "I don't know whether time management is a disease amongst Ugandans and Africans. We must start considering referring the late comers to the IGG's office for action."

Kirya was recently reacting to a presentation on recognising the value and virtue of service to community on the Africa Day of Civil Service and Public Administration at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Kirya urged civil servants to mentor the youth who join the service, saying: "Mentoring should go with the mentor because you cannot mentor when you don't know time management."

Justus Rukundo, a consultant who spoke on behalf of the youth regretted that many graduates shun civil service because of the rudeness of some secretaries. "You may go to see a senior official and the secretary barks at you and even tells you to return after a week because the official is not around.

"Surprisingly, you could even be seeing that person in office as the secratary sepaks,' Rukundo said. Rukundo said some civil servants leave their jackets on chairs to show they are around and dash off to atend to their personal businesses.

The deputy premier and also public service minister, Henry Kajura, cautioned civil servants against giving flimsy excuses for late coming. Kajura said: "Most issues that affect Ugandans also affect the African region. Uganda has traffic jams so is Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.

"I was recently in Tanzania and civil servants are in office at 7:00am but here to get a civil servant in office at 8:00am is a problem." Head of the Public Service and secretary to Cabinet John Mitala quoting Bob Feller, said wasting time was as serious as breaking any of the 10 Commandments.

Prof. Jessy Kwesiga of DENIVA regretted that most graduates were an embarrassment when it comes to looking for jobs.

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