300 Struggle For Prison Jobs in Karamoja

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In short
The job requires prison warders and wardresses to be in possession of O-level certificates with at least 4 credits including in English and a pass in Mathematics. But Napak and Moroto districts failed to produce the required candidates who meet the above qualifications.

At least 300 have turned up in the last three days to compete for the 50 job slots available for the posts of prison warders in Karamoja sub region districts.
 
The districts include, Abim, Kaabong and Kotido in North Karamoja. Others are Moroto and Napak part of South Karamoja. However, Nakapiripirit and Amudat were annexed to Sebei districts for reasons of easing the exercise for the recruitment team.
 
The job requires prison warders and wardresses to be in possession of O-level certificates with at least 4 credits including in English and a pass in Mathematics. But Napak and Moroto districts failed to produce the required candidates who meet the above qualifications.
 
John Bosco Tumwebaze, the in charge of the recruitment team in Karamoja declined to give details describing it as an issue that cannot be discussed. He however, said the turn up for Moroto and Napak districts was not impressive like other districts in the north.
 
He blames the low turn up on poor mobilization of the public urging them to embrace the recruitment in the future. He adds that all the candidates who turned up for the exercise were all shortlisted for the final assessment due in the next few weeks.
 
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George Godwin Lenga, the Regional Prisons Commander-North Eastern says the impression is so far good adding that Karamoja is just healing from the scars of armed conflicts.
 
The Uganda Prisons Service intends to recruit new warders, wardresses, cadet principal officer’s and cadet assistant superintendents. Up to 1000 warders and wardresses, 50 cadet principal officers and 30 cadet assistant superintendents will be recruited into the service in a drive that started last week across the country.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.