30 August 2009

Uganda: Mbale DSC Hit By Rifts

Although interviews for the post of District Service Commission (DSC) were done on July 23, it is yet to be filled due to controversies that allegedly marred the exercise. The chairperson of DSC, Mr Christopher Wetaya, maintains that after the interviews, appointment has been made though it is yet to be delivered. But other sources intimidated to Sunday Monitor that the scores are apparently being doctored to favour a certain candidate.

Sunday Monitor has established that the recruitment exercise conducted in Mbale between July and August was marred by irregularities where some members were fraudulently promoted to higher positions without the mandatory experience as required by the law.

Although the advert wanted an honours degree from a recognised university plus a diploma in education management and planning, at least nine years experience, three of which should have been served in management of an education institution [level of principal education officer scale U2], these requirements were selectively applied.

The chief administrative officer, Mr Andrew Mawejje, declined to sign the appointment letter. He instead wrote asking the Ministry of Public Service to guide the DSC on the criteria of giving out jobs. Although Mr Mawejja could not be reached for comment, a letter from the Public Service Ministry signed by the secretary, Mr Duncan Bikirwa, confirms that ministry in August 7 meeting, deliberated on the issues raised by the CAO.

The letter to the CAO says the mandate to issue job descriptions and specifications in public service lies with the ministry and not any other institution. It adds that the guidelines should be in conformity with government policy and existing standards in public service.

"In view of the above members, decided that you be advised to consider the job descriptions and person specifications issued by the Ministry of Public Service and also take into account the provisions of the standing orders stated above in filling the position of the DEO scale U1. By copy of this letter the chairman, DSC is hereby requested to guide the commsion accordingly," reads the letter in part.

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