Kalungu Councilors Reject Appointees to The District Service Commission

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Three nominated members of Kalungu district service commission rejected. Councilors question their academic qualifications,integrity and that they are not known residents of Kalungu.

LC V Councilors in Kalungu have blocked the appointment of three officials to the District Service Commission-DC over lack of sufficient academic qualifications. They are Catherine Mujuzi, Chairperson Kalungu DSC, Mathias Kaweesi as Secretary Service commission and Resty Nanyonjo, a member to the commission.

On Thursday, Emmanuel Musoke, Kalungu LC5 Chairman tabled the names of the three officials before the district council for approval. However, the councilors rejected the officials citing lack of sufficient academic qualifications. The nominees are diploma holders. The councilors are also accused the LC5 Chairman of failing to consult them before coming up with the names.

Raphael Kisekka, Kalungu district council Speaker says that the nominees were rejected because of lack of sufficient academic qualifications and questionable integrity. He says that the nominees are not known residents of Kalungu district saying they want people who understand the needs of the local residents. Kisekka says that they have ordered the chairman to make fresh nominations.

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Daniel Ssejoba, Kalungu Youths Councilor who moved the motion to reject the members says since the service commission is charged with recruiting staff it should have people with at least a bachelors’ degree but not diploma.

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however, the rejection of his nominees has not gone down well with Emmanuel Musoke, Kalungu LC5 Chairman. Musoke has described the councilors as ignorant farmers who don’t know what they are supposed to do. He claims that people with diplomas are competent enough to serve on the district service commission. Musoke says he may not nominate new members until the councilors are sensitized on their roles.

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Kalungu district is expected to convene next week during which new members would be nominated for approval. Currently, Kalungu district hires Masaka district service commission to help interview and recruit staff.


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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.