IGG suspends Nwoya recruitment exercise over suspected irregularities

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An applicant checks his name on the Nwoya District Local Government Notice Board yesterday (Thursday), April 29, 2021.

The Inspectorate of Government has written to Nwoya district local government suspending the ongoing recruitment exercise citing complaints about irregularities.

In March 2021, Nwoya district local government advertised 13 vacancies for which 62 candidates were shortlisted for oral interview that was scheduled to take place on April 28 and 30 this year.

However, the letter dated April 27, 2021, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) stops the Nwoya Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) from either carrying on with the recruitment exercise or issuing any new appointment with immediate effect until investigations into the alleged irregularities are concluded.

According to the ombudsman, the recruitment exercise was marred with irregularities right from advertisement not as guided by Article 230 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

The Nwoya District Communications Officer, Geoffrey Azuma, confirmed the district receipt of the letter adding that the interviews that were slated to commence on April 28, 2021, have been cancelled until further notice.

Audio: Azuma on recruitment suspension (English)

The communications officer said the suspension of the recruitment exercise means the district authorities will send staff from the district to work in acting capacity in some of the newly created administrative units.

Although the CAO, Robert Norbert Nkuba also confirmed receipt of the IGG’s letter, he said it does not specify what was not exactly followed in conducting the exercise.

“It’s true we have received the letter from the IGG suspending the recruitment process and that’s what I can say and shall abide by for now” Mr Nkuba told our reporter.

In August 2019, the Nwoya district local government service commission came to the limelight over alleged recruitment of friends and relatives.

The law

Article 230 (1) of the Constitution of Uganda states that “The Inspectorate of Government shall have power to investigate, cause investigation, arrest, cause arrest, prosecute or cause prosecution in respect of cases involving corruption, abuse of authority or of public office”.

(2) “The Inspector General of Government may, during the course of his or her duties or as a consequence of his or her findings, make such orders and give such directions as are necessary and appropriate in the circumstances”.

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