No renewing contracts for non-performing government employees, says Ssekandi

The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has asked the ministry of Public Service to work with the Office of the Prime Minister to ensure that renewal of contracts for senior civil servants is based on good performance and effective service delivery.
Mr SSekandi tasked each sector to carry out a critical analysis of their performance and clearly identify areas that require improvement to enhance service delivery.
The vice president made the remarks while officially opening a retreat for ministers, permanent secretaries and representatives of local governments at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Tuesday.
Mr Ssekandi also implored the participants to implement the recommendations from the five day retreat aimed at appraising government annual performance for financial year 20132014 and budgeting for 201516.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said financial year 20132014 was the third year of the implementation of the NRM manifesto which is focused on better service delivery, job creation and consolidation of the rule of law.
He said emphasis should be put on commercialization of agriculture and development of the oil and gas sector whose proceeds will be used to improve infrastructure and human resource development for prosperity of all Ugandans.
“Assessments which have been carried out indicate that the status of implementation of actions and commitments outlined in the NRM manifesto is on track with 84% of the actions showing good progress,” Dr Rugunda said.
He further noted that cabinet adopted a recommendation to have all local governments included in the government assessment framework starting with the annual government performance report for financial year 20132014.
According to the assessment which covered 111 districts and 22 municipal councils, only 50 out of the 111 districts performed well in all the functional areas of roads and engineering, water, education, health, production and marketing and natural resources.

Areas of good performance under the roads and engineering function were periodic maintenance of urban unpaved roads and periodic maintenance of district roads.
Good performance was also registered for the functionality of rural water points under the water sector and distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers under production and marketing.
Jinja, Bushenyi and Sironko are among the best performing districts while districts like Bulambuli, Lamwo and Kole are among the least performing according to the indicators assessed for each local government.
The First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni highlighted the key achievements in the transformation of Karamoja mainly in the areas of peace and security, water, food security and infrastructure development.
“Establishing security and stability is a prerequisite for any meaningful and sustainable development. The NRM Government is focused and committed to the development of Karamoja,” she said.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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