Soroti District Operates Without Engineer for Four Years

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Some of the projects that need supervision include the Rehabilitation of the District Head Quarters, roads, buildings Health Centers and Schools.
The most agent work that needed supervision includes the Rehabilitation of the District Head Quarters, roads, buildings in Health Centers and Schools.

The planning and supervision of government projects in Soroti has suffered a setback over lack of a district engineer. Soroti district has not had a substantive engineer since the former engineer Charles Ekure resigned, four years ago. Some of the projects that need supervision include the Rehabilitation of the District Head Quarters, roads, buildings Health Centers and Schools. Charles Okello, the Soroti Chief Administrative Officer says they have been advertising for a new engineer since Okure left but they have got no applicants.

Okello says that they asked Engineer Justin Opio Onega from the water department to work as an acting district engineer but he has also retired. He says left with no option, they have resorted to services of unregistered Diploma Holders. The law requires that for one to qualify as a District Engineer he must be a Degree holder and have nine year’s experience. He notes that people with such vast experience would prefer going for lucrative jobs in departments like Uganda National Road Authority. Okello says that in addition to the absence of the district engineer, 15 key positions are vacant.

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Moses Okwatum Emoisat, the Soroti District Service Commission secretary says that despite the fact that they have re-advertised the post of district engineer he is worried that they may fail to get applicants.
He cites the high qualifications, registration with the engineering professional body and low salary as some of the obstacles to the people who would wish to take up the job. Okwatum says that they are waiting for clearance from the Ministry of Public Service before re-advertising the vacant posts.

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About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.