Igg Probes Namisindwa Officials

Igg probes namisindwa officials
Appeared in The Daily Monitoron 07 Aug 2019

The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has started investigations into alleged illegal recruitment of staff in Namisindwa District.

The investigation follows numerous complaints from the public, accusing officials from the District Service Commission (DSC), of soliciting bribes from applicants during the recently-concluded job interviews.

Ms Munira Ali, the IGG spokesperson, confirmed the investigations.

“We are investigating allegations of forged academic papers, bribery, nepotism and corruption,” Ms Munira said on Monday, adding that they are also investigating abuse of office and influence-peddling.

Trouble started last month when a parent of one of the job applicants collapsed at the district headquarters after she found out that her daughter had been denied a job as procurement officer after she allegedly paid about Shs3m for the position.

Some of the jobs that were advertised in April included for a procurement officer, human resource officer, community development officers, parish chiefs, agriculture officer, guards, teachers, clerk to council, law enforcers, drivers, office messengers and senior assistant secretary. Last week, police arrested three officials with the DSC over allegations of soliciting bribes from applicants.

The suspects were arrested on the orders of Mr Moses Kigai Wamoto, the Resident District Commissioner.

Mr Francis Odap, the chief administrative officer, told Daily Monitor that the IGG was investigating the DSC members but declined to divulge more details.

“It is true IGG is in the district investigating the recent recruitment. But I don’t have details,” Mr Odap said.

Ms Grace Watuwa, the district Woman MP, welcomed the investigations, saying the recruitment process must be declared null and avoid and fresh interviews conducted.

Mr Moses Masaba Kituyi, a resident of Magale Town Council and lead petitioner, also welcomed the investigations.

“That is good gesture. The IGG should do everything possible to find the culprits and be punished,” he said, adding that the jobs should be given to people with the required academic qualifications and experience.