Nakasongola Principal Personnel Officer Interdicted Over Absenteeism

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Kasozi explains that Drici has been appearing at work for less than a week in the entire month.

Charles Drici, the principal personnel officer Nakasongola district is on interdiction for chronic absenteeism. Suleiman Kasozi, the Nakasongola Chief Administrative Officer accuses Drici of breaching the public service code of ethics and establishment N0.4 of 2009.
Kasozi explains that Drici has been appearing at work for less than a week in the entire month. He says his warnings to the personnel officer to style up fell on deaf ears. Kasozi says the persistent absenteeism of the personnel officer has affected their efforts to effect changes on the pay roll, disposing off leave, pension applications and disciplinary cases.
He says that he interdicted the officer to pay for investigation, adding that once found guilty that he can no longer service he will not hesitate sacking him. Kasozi also disclosed that 25 other civil servants mostly teachers have been forwarded to the district service commission absenteeism and abscondment from duty.
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Drici declined to comment on his interdiction when approached by our report. However, residents, junior, civil servants and Nakasongola LC 5 Chairperson have welcomed his interdiction. A civil servant who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity told URN that he visited the personnel’s office seven times to address anomalies on her salary, but he was never there.
The official claims that he spent huge sums of money to travel from his duty station in Lwabyata Sub County to the district headquarters but wasn’t helped. James Wandira, the Nakasongola LC 5 chairperson says blames absenteeism especially amongst teachers for the poor performance in schools.

He says pupils spend days without learning and never complete the syllabus. Wandira notes that patients in Health Centers are also complaining over late arrival by medical workers, which puts their lives at stake.


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Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.