Absenteeism on the rise in Kitgum, says official


Outgoing Kitgum District acting chief administrative officer (CAO) David Okurajja has warned that the rampant absenteeism of civil servants and negligence of duty will cripple service delivery in the district.

Mr Okurajja made the remarks at the hand over of office to his successor, Mr Ismail Ochengel. He urged the new CAO to strongly fight the vice right from the sub-county to the district level. “The sub-county chiefs who are supposed to supervise staff and implement of government programmes are always not at their duty stations,” said Mr Okurajja.

Mr Okurajja aised the district authorities to conduct impromptu visits to affirm that all civil servants are present at their workplaces and ensure that all sub-county chiefs are permanently settled at their duty stations.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner Santo Okot Lapolo, said during his monitoring of the district, he has observed that sub-county chiefs abandon their work early on Fridays, get to town and only return late on Mondays.

However, some sub-county chiefs reported that absenteeism is being promoted due to lack of staff houses at their duty stations, making some of them to commute from nearby towns.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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