Recruitment of Luweero Town Clerks Suspended

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The advert attracted 46 applicants and 20 were shortlisted for interviews that were scheduled to take place on 10th May 2013. But since then,the district has failed to convene and interview the shortlisted applicants.

Luweero District Service Commission has suspended the recruitment of town clerks for Wobulenzi and Bombo town councils following protests by some applicants over the shortlist. The position of Wobulenzi town clerk fall vacant in 2012 after Joseph Ssebudde resigned and took over another job in Rukungiri municipality, whereas the tenure of his colleague Lydia Nabaasa, the Bombo town clerk expired in February 2012. On 18th February this year, Luweero District Services invited qualified candidates to fill the posts of town clerks in Wobulenzi and Bombo town council.
 
The requirements for the job included a degree in social sciences, development studies, public administration, business studies or urban planning and at least six years experiences on the same job or equivalent reputable organization. The advert attracted 46 applicants and 20 were shortlisted for interviews that were scheduled to take place on 10th May 2013. However, the interviews are yet to take place. URN has learnt that the interviews were called off by Luweero District Service Commission after some of the applicants and members of the public protested the list of the shortlisted candidates.

Pastor Christian G.M Aliddeki, the chairman Luweero District Service Commission says they resolved to suspend the exercise after receiving complaints that some of the shortlisted candidates were not suitable for the job. He claims that the complainants demanded that some of the shortlisted candidate lacked the requisite qualifications and should be dropped. Aliddeki, who declined to give the exact nature of the complaints, says they have referred the matter to ministry of public service for advice. He says that in the meantime Irene Nakamatte and Lydia Nabaasa who have been acting as town clerks in the respective town councils shall stay in office until further notice.
 
However, one of the complaints who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says that the exercise was suspended after reports emerged some of the candidates on the short list for sub county senior assistant secretaries lacked knowledge on urban planning, which is was one of the requirements on the job advert. The source explains despite the fact that the particulars appear the same; they are clearly distinct because of the fact that sub county senior assistant secretaries manage villages while town clerks manage urban authorities, which operates on plans and specific policies. Pastor Aliddeki confirmed this but declined to comment further.  Francis Kiwanuka, the youth councilor Bombo town council says that they have received information that members of the District Service Commission members are trying to favor some candidates after they allegedly pocketed some bribes.

He claims that some of the officials in the offices of the town clerks are behind the complaints to have some candidates disqualified on flimsy grounds arguing that town councils like Wobulenzi are at same level with sub counties. Kiwanuka wants the public service ministry to take the recruitment exercise for transparencyreasons saying the current confusion my lead to the appointment of incompetent candidates. Aisha Ndagire, the Bombo town council LC III chairperson wants the district service commission to expedite the recruitment exercise saying the acting town clerk is abusing her powers and has disrespect for the political leadership. She says that the political and technical wings have been embroiled in wrangles for a long time, which has affected service delivery to residents.  Ndagire accuses some members of the district service commission of conflict of interest. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
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.