19 August 2010

Uganda: New Namayingo District Rejects Newly-Posted Officials

Kampala — Namayingo district councillors have recommended that eight employees, who were recently posted to the district from Bugiri district, be sacked.

Namayingo, which was curved out of Bugiri district, became operational in July. During a heated council session at Buyinja sub-county headquarters on Saturday, the councillors accused the employees of having a poor working relationship with their former employer, Bugiri district. They were also accused of involvement in corruption.

Bugiri district local government transferred 12 members of staff as part of the local government ministry guidelines towards sharing assets between a mother district and the new one. The council session was the first to be held since Namayingo was created.

The chief administrative officer, Richard Mugolo, urged the councillors to spare the employees, saying there was a possibility that they would reform. He said the employees were likely to sue the district if they are dismissed.

The incriminated employees included the district education officer, Kawo Nayi Kawere, finance officer Abdallah Obwoni, district engineer George Kirya and the fisheries officer, Fred Igoma. They accused the councillors of taking the decision basing on tribal grounds. Kawere said he would return to his former job.

The interim LC5 chairman, Waiswa Obondo, said the implicated employees were likely to impact negatively on other staff. "The Bugiri chief administrative officer should have first consulted us before sending these people here."

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