District officials abandon office duties for studies

Nakapiripirit. Corruption monitoring activists have appealed to the Ministry of Local Government to intervene and end the habitual office absenteeism by public servants in Nakapiripirit District.

Mr Simon Lokong, an anti-corruption coalition monitor in Nakapiripirit Town Council, said many officials are undertaking studies and this has left the district with virtually nobody to deliver services to the people.

He told Saturday Monitor on Monday that the district officials spend most of the time at school rather than work.

“Offices have been left in the hands of office assistants who do not know anything aside from arranging files. The officers who are supposed to deliver services to the community are in school,” he said.

He said some officials report for work for only two days and run back to school.

“Most imes if you chance upon any district official, it is on Monday or Tuesday but the rest of the days nobody is in office,” Mr Lokong said.Ms Sarah Nangiro, another anti-corruption coalition monitor for Namalu Sub-county, also decried the absence of district officials from duty. She said Namalu Health Centre III is almost closing because all the doctors went for studies leaving one nursing assistant. “I personally went to the health centre recently after receiving a complaint from patients and I found only a nursing assistant. The doctors were away at school,” she said.

The district health director, Dr John Anguzu, confirmed the health centre is running without a doctor. He said it had three doctors and one went for studies with official leave, but the other two left on their own.“I am aware of one doctor who requested to go for further studies and was allowed. Others left without my knowledge and I don’t know who gave them permission,” he said.

The district chief administrative officer, Mr Moses Kisembo Bahemuka, confirmed many officials were pursuing studies including himself but insisted they left with official leave.

“I am at school and some officers are also at school but services are going on,” he said on phone before hanging up.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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