MBARARA- The Mbarara District deputy personnel officer, Mr Michael Mande, has been interdicted over allegations of creating ghost workers on the government payroll.Mr Mande allegedly connived with several primary and secondary head teachers in the district to create ghost teachers.
The chief administrative officer, Mr David Lubuka, last week said Mr Mande was interdicted to pave the way for investigations.
According to inside sources the alleged scam was detected in 2013 by the Ministry of Public Service.Mbarara District secretary for social services Didas Tabaro said: “It’s true that Mr Mande has been interdicted and we are still establishing the facts such that he can be prosecuted. We are establishing the number of ghost teachers he created on government payroll. We have shortage of over 150 teachers in the district and the government has never allowed us to aertise.”
Mr Tabaro added: “He must have created over 100 ghost teachers on government payroll and has been paying them arrears.”
The district personnel officer, Ms Jackline Masaba, said she had been directed by the Ministry of Public Service not to release any information concerning the matter to the media. “We have everything here about this issue but for now I cannot tell you anything because I have been directed by the ministry to only give information to (police) detectives,” Ms Masaba said.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Mande were futile by press time because he did not respond to our repeated telephone calls.
District councillors last Thursday complained about ghost teachers and urged the authorities to intervene. They claimed that there are more than 100 ghost teachers, adding that some are teaching in Rwanda yet there are on the payroll in Uganda.
Source: Daily Monitor