District Service Commissions Warned to Tackle Bribery and Embezzlement in Administrative Roles

MOROTO,(UG)-The State Minister for Public Service, Grace Mary Mugasa, has rallied District Service Commissions (DSCs) to take the lead against the rampant bribery, extortion, and embezzlement.Mugasa was speaking midweek while closing a two-day regional stakeholder’s conference, at Strikers Hotel in Moroto town.

Mugasa lamented that as a result of highly corrupt leanings, suitable candidates are always thrown out because of such practices and advised the commissions to be extra careful, warning that positive change is in sight since the government will soon advertise some jobs. The minister also advised that locally generated revenue be left in the hands of the local government to help them sort out a few issues in their administrative units.

She said the government was passionate about the stability of Karamoja adding that peace has returned to the sub-region. The chairperson for the public service, Winnie Kabogoza, asked the government to allocate adequate budgets adding that inadequate funds were impacting negatively on the service delivery. She, however, said corruption does not only involve bribery but also extends to nepotism.

The Public Service Commission this week raised concerns about political interference in the human resource recruitment process in Karamoja, with reports that the region is grappling with numerous unfilled positions at the district level, while several occupied positions are filled by underqualified candidates.