Public Service Commission presents Annual Report to Parliament

Appointment of District Service Commissions (DSCs) is based on political affiliation, tribe and religion resulting in the appointment of incompetent persons, the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Justice Ralph Ochan has said.

Justice Ochan told the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga that this practice is done "in disregard of availability of highly qualified and competent persons. This results in delays in constituting DSCs which affects service delivery to the citizenry."

"There is the problem of political interference with the work of the DSCs which has greatly affected their operations," said Ochan.

He said that some districts had failed to constitute their DSCs as a result of political fights, adding that some districts had continued to operate without DSCs for over a year now.

Ochan while presenting the Commissions annual report for FY 215/2016 said that the commission was grappling with many challenges among which are limited funding, recruitment exercises and staffing structure of Local Government. He said that the process of recruitment is marred by forgeries and fraud, and the large amount of applications makes it difficult to filter each and everyone.

He called for digitalization of recruitment as a measure to combat this, adding that it will reduce the paper work.

Ochan also highlighted issues agreed with the President Yoweri Museveni in a sectoral meeting at State House. He informed the Speaker that funding has been increased to implement capacity building programmes for DCS. He added that another 1bn was appropriated for the implementation on online recruitment system; as a priority in the intervention to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the recruitment system

The speaker extended her appreciation to the Commission and said that parliament is keen to support them whenever necessary

She encouraged the idea by the commissioner to acquire its own headquarters; saying that the exorbitant rent will be dealt with if they (commission) got a home.

This was the first time that the Commission is presenting an Annual report to Parliament. The report indicated that the Terms and Conditions of Service for DSCs remain appalling especially the Chairperson of DSC who earn a salary of Shs. 1.5m which is not commensurate with the level of responsibility. It also highlighted the achievements of the Commission for the FY 2015/16, performance in relation to other areas of involvement of PSC, and challenges.

The Public Service Commission is mandated under Article 166 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda to appoint, promote, confirm and exercise disciplinary control over public officers and advise H.E the President on the performance of his/her functions under Article 172 of the Constitution.

Source: Parliament of Uganda