Amudat Misses Out on Prisons Recruitment

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Francis Kiyonga, the district chairperson Amudat says he didnt receive any information regarding the recruitment of prison warders and wardresses.

Young people in Amudat district with hopes of joining the Uganda Prisons Service will have to wait for the next intake to fulfil their dreams. 

This follows failure by the Prisons recruitment team to get any person in the district for the ongoing warder/wardress' recruitment.

According the document containing the names of shortlisted candidates for interviews, Amudat has no candidate to face the panel on Friday. The interviews will be conducted at regional Prisons headquarters in Moroto.

However, the Regional Prisons Commander for North Eastern, Ebil Awongo, says the recruitment is for the entire region where each district is supposed to participate. He denies knowledge of how the district failed to raise prospective candidates but notes that information was delivered to the leaders.

Francis Kiyonga, the district chairperson Amudat says he didn't receive any information regarding the recruitment of prison warders and wardresses. Kiyonga is, however, not surprised with the news of the district missing out in the Prisons recruitment. He notes that the district is cut off from information access since local radio stations have poor reception in the district and national newspapers don't reach in time.

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Alex Chelimo, the Amudat chief administrative officer, says such recruitment drives should be channelled through the district leadership other than using newspapers for Amudat district. He urged the organisers of such important events to consider hard-to-reach places like Amudat which is disadvantaged in communication. He says the major obstacle to communication is the terrain which affects especially FM waves from reaching the district. 

Uganda Prisons Service advertised for recruitment of warders/wardresses in January and applicants were supposed to submit their documents. Unlike in the past, only shortlisted applicants are required to turn up for interviews.  A report from data desk in Moroto indicates that two applications were received from Amudat but the names never appeared in the shortlist.

Amudat is the smallest district in Karamoja sub region, curved out of Nakapiripirit in 2010. It has four sub counties including a town council with 4% literacy levels.

Unlike other regions, the general response to prisons recruitment is low in Karamoja. Only 107 candidates have been shortlisted for interviews across the region with Abim taking a majority, 36 candidates.