The Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja is set to probe Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) over the alleged illegal recruitment of staff.
The development follows a petition by some disgruntled KCCA staff to the IGG protesting issuance of short-term contracts and assignments of duties to temporary staff to work in higher positions across the board, yet the Public Service Commission halted temporary recruitment.
According to Daily Monitor, the Inspectorate’s spokesperson Munira Ali on Wednesday confirmed receipt of the petition and said IGG Mulyangoja, will first study the matter.
“We received that letter but I cannot comment about the next course of action before the IGG looks at it first.”
In a July 16 letter, the petitioners argue that for an officer to be assigned duties at a higher position, they must be substantive and clearance must be sought from the responsible Permanent Secretary first.
“…we appeal and seek your intervention in the matter as such impunity and disregard for public service governance procedures not only complicates KCCA’s recruitment process further but also has led and continues to lead to financial losses and continued risk to litigation, which could be avoided in the first place,” the letter reads in part.
The petitioners further listed names of at least 92 staff that were allegedly given six-month contracts to work in higher positions.
They also accused the Director of human resource and administration, Richard Lule, of sidestepping permanent staff by appointing temporary staff to work in higher positions in acting capacity.
In an interview with the local daily yesterday, Lule admitted that he had issued a six-month temporary contract to some staff.
“What you need to know is that the institution has to move forward and we are doing this until regularisation of temporary staff is made by the Public Service Commission.”
He however, dismissed allegations of favouring certain staff within the institution.