The Deputy Inspector General of Government Mariam Wangadya wants all civil servants who are ministers in cultural institutions to resign their positions. Wangadya said that being a civil servant and a minister is a conflict of interest and could paralyse district activities and affect service delivery.
Wangadya, the Deputy Inspector General of Government in-charge Western Uganda.
While speaking to the media in Fort Portal on Wednesday, after a tour of Bundibugyo, Kyenjojo and Kabarole districts, Wangadya said that during her visit to Bundibugyo district local government, it was discovered that some head of departments hold ministerial positions in Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and Obudhingya Bwa Bwamba cultural institutions.
According to Wangadya, since Bundibugyo comprises of two ethnic groups, the Bamba and Bakonzo, being a civil servant and a minister is a conflict of interest and could paralyse district activities and affect service delivery.
She explains that some heads of department can influence extension of social services to their areas and may not have the time to perform their responsibilities. Wangadya says that she has instructed the Chief Administrative Officer to ensure that the heads of department relinquish the ministerial positions.
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According to the Public Service Standing Orders, a public servant shall not hold another office that is likely to bring conflict in the execution of his or her duties.
Without disclosing the names, Wangadya said that there are five civil servants in Bundibigyo district who at the same time are ministers in Obudhingya Bwa Bwamba.
In Bundibugyo, John Musinguzi, the District Commercial Officer is Youth minister in Obudhingiya bwa Bwamba (OBB), while Charles Kisembo, the District Health Officer is Health minister in the cultural institution.
Jimmy Kamu, the Minister General Duties in OBB is a clerk in the office of the Chief Administrative Officer. Oliver Kachuro, the Bundibugyo District Health Educator is also Assistant Minister for Health in OBB.
In Kasese district, Yusuf Baseka, the Kasese District Health Officer also works as health minister of Rwenzururu Kingdom.
Wangadya said that some of the heads of department are not cooperative when officers from the IGG's office are carrying out investigations and sometimes shield their tribe-mates from prosecution.
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Wangadya also noted that during her visit, it was discovered that forgery of academic qualifications by district staff and failure to provide accountability on time are common in the three districts.
She also faulted Chief Administrative Officers for ignoring to implement recommendations that her office has made. Wangadya noted that time and again her office has investigated cases and forwarded reports to the CAOs to implement but they have not done so.