Manafwa Principal Personnel Officer Interdicted

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The Principal Personnel Officer of Manafwa District, David Watulo, is in trouble over his alleged involvement in creating ghost workers in the district.

The Principal Personnel Officer of Manafwa District is in trouble over his alleged involvement in creating ghost workers in the district.
In a district full council meeting on Wednesday, the council interdicted David Watulo over the allegation. In the meeting chaired by Isaac Matanda, the District Speaker, councillors accused Watulo of causing irregularities in the payroll.
The motion to interdict him was moved by Davis Kaboole Waluswati, the councillor representing Suukuya sub-county and seconded by his Bukhaweka sub-county counterpart, Godfrey Mulyalya.
The councillors want the office of the Chief Administrative Officer to ask Watulo to stay out of office as his fate would be decided within three months as his case is investigated.
Davis Kaboole faulted Watulo for deleting names of some teachers on the government payroll, and transferring teachers without the knowledge of the district education office. He is also accused of maintaining the names of deceased civil servants in the payroll to fleece government and tax payers.
They also fault him for promoting teachers to the position of headship yet they do not have the necessary qualifications. The same official is accused of maintaining irregular pay roll with primary teachers getting salaries meant for secondary school teachers and vice versa. Some schools in the district have up to four head teachers receiving salary on the same school.
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Kaboole said the acts of the Principal Personnel Officer has led the district to incur losses and has made its wage bill to soar.
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The councillors accordingly resolved to form an ad hoc committee chaired by Steven Wakama, the councillor representing Weswa sub-county to investigate all allegations. The committee is expected to report to the council in the period of two months.
Martin Jacan Gwokto, Manafwa Chief Administrative Officer, said Watulo’s interdiction was within the law. He said much as there are challenges in the payroll most especially on teachers they have started a cleanup exercise.
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The accused David Watulo was not present during the council meeting. Attempts to get his comment were futile as he could not be reached on his known phone numbers.
Recently about 250 primary school teachers from Manafwa district resisted transfers after the Ministry of Education through the Public Service Ministry instructed the District Education Officer to effect the exercise.
The resistance by teachers forced Moses Kigai Wamoto, the Manafwa Resident District Commissioner, to halt the transfers after realizing that the teachers had shunned the exercise.