Karamoja Districts Delay Staff Recruitment

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Alfred Malinga, the Chief Administrative Officer, Nabilatuk, says sections of people in the district want the recruitment delayed as their relatives finish with school and obtain the required qualifications.

Some districts in Karamoja are on the spot for delaying recruitment of staff.

A number of districts including Amudat, Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Nabilatuk have less than 50 percent staffing levels.

According to the Auditor General's Report for the financial year ended on June 2017, Amudat District has a staffing gap of 62 percent and Moroto 52 percent.

The report notes that understaffing overstretches the available staff beyond their capacity, creates job-related stress to the fewer staff and negatively affects the level of public service delivery to the community.  

In the new Nabilatuk District, the staffing levels stand at 17 percent yet the wage bill is more than 1.3 billion shillings.

Alfred Malinga, the Chief Administrative Officer, Nabilatuk, says sections of people in the district want the recruitment delayed as their relatives finish with school and obtain the required qualifications. 

"I have over 1.3 billion shillings to recruit but some people in the district, not my council members say they don't want the district to recruit. We, CAO's go through a lot in some of these districts" Malinga revealed during the Uganda Local Government Association, ULGA Regional Meeting in Napak last week.

He adds that some of those frustrating the recruitment processes include staff, whom he notes, want promotions but are still pursuing additional qualifications.

Section 15 (a) of the Standing Orders of 2010 mandates the Ministry of Public Service to determine the structure, terms and conditions of service of Local Government staff.  

Joseph Lomonyang, the District Chairperson Napak, who doubles as ULGA regional chairperson for Karamoja says they are going to investigate the claims by the accounting officers and hold a regional council to deliberate on the recruitment challenges.

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One of the key issues behind creation of new administrative units is for the employment opportunities for the community. However, in some districts especially in Karamoja Sub Region, the new administrative units come with little to offer the indigenous community due to low education levels.