Whistle Blower Accuses Luweero District Service Commission of Bribery

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The whistle blower singles out appointees to the position of District Engineer, Senior Education Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

A whistle blower in Luweero has petitioned the Inspectorate of Government to Investigate members of the District Service Commission for alleged corruption. The petitioner accuses the District Service Commission members for soliciting bribes from applicants in the ongoing recruitment exercise.

The Commission is currently recruiting Health Workers, Teachers and other civil servants under Luweero District Local Government. But in the June 1st petition, the whistle blower says the District Service Commission members are pocketing between Shillings 1 million and 6 Million from the shortlisted candidates to select them for the job.

According to the petition seen by URN, shortlisted candidates for nursing positions were paying two million Shillings each, teachers 1.5 million Shillings and those hunting for senior positions up to six million Shillings in bribes. The petitioner claims that as a result of bribery, District Service Commission has appointed unqualified people contrary to the advertised job specifications.
The whistle blower singles out appointees to the position of District Engineer, Senior Education Assistants and Teaching Assistants. The petitioner also accused the Service Commission officials of awarding jobs on religious and family tie considerations contrary to the public service guidelines.
The petitioner asks the Inspectorate of Government to stop the ongoing staff recruitment and the District Service Commission members for abuse of office and corruption. Munira Ali, the Spokesperson Inspectorate of Government says they have received the petition and are still studying it before taking appropriate action.
Christian G.M Aliddeki, the Chairman Luweero District Service Commission dismisses the accusations as false. He challenges the petitioner to bring evidence or single out particular officials involved in the bribery scandal.

This is not the first time Luweero District Service Commission is being accused for bribery. Recently, Sarah Namuyanja, the LC V representative of Butuntumula Sub County also complained to the district council accusing the service commission members of corruption.

In her submission Namuyanja explained how her sister was asked for a bribe of 1.5 million shillings so as to be recruited as a primary school teacher. She claimed that when her sister refused to offer the bribe her name was dropped.
The Council resolved to summon the District Service Commission officials in special council meeting to defend themselves against the allegations. In 2013, the recruitment of the town clerks was suspended after reports emerged that District Service Commission had pocketed bribes and shortlisted non qualifying applicants.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.