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Agago Service Commission On Spot for Recruiting Excess Personnel

It’s reported that the District Service Commission advertised for 24 jobs slots for Parish Chiefs who are expected to oversee the implementation of the Parish Development Model (PDM). However, the list of successful applicants had 74 recruits, 50 personnel more than what was required.

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The Agago District Service Commission is on spot for reportedly recruiting more employees than the positions advertised for during the recently concluded job interviews in the district. 

It’s reported that the District Service Commission advertised for 24 jobs slots for Parish Chiefs who are expected to oversee the implementation of the Parish Development Model (PDM). However, the list of successful applicants had 74 recruits, 50 positions more than what was required. 

Some of the new recruits have already been issued with appointment letters and s deployed to respective duty stations. But, a section of district councillors is now querying the disparities in advertised positions and the number of ‘successful applicants’ who have been absorbed into the district service.

Richard Stanley Odong, the councillor representing Wol Sub County questions how the District Service Commission recruited extra employees yet only a few applicants were required to fill the available positions. According to Odong, most of the old parishes already have substantive officers, and posting another person could create an administrative challenge.

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The district initially had 85 parishes before the creation of more administrative units that raised the number to 117 parishes. But Odong fears that the excess recruitment could be a ploy to eliminate some of the parish chiefs currently in service. 

Cosmas Okello Okidi, the Councilor representing Lamiyo Sub County says the recruitment has already stirred a rift in his constituency following the deployment of a newly appointed officer in Ojuu Parish which already has a substantive Parish Chief. Other areas with a similar challenge include Lira Palwo, Omot and Lapono Sub Counties and Patongo and Lira Palwo Town Council, among others.

Okidi says they are demanding a review of the recruitment process to avert any rifts amidst staff and litigation against the district.   The Agago District Vice Chairperson Morris Ocana acknowledges the concern but called for calm saying the excess number will not affect the district in any way. 

Ocana says that the district received an increase in the wage bill to cater for the additional number of staff while some of the initially serving parish chiefs have been under appraisal but opted not to heed to the requirement to elevate their academic qualification to at least diploma level. These, he says, will be relieved of their duties at the end of this financial year. 

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Agago District Chief Administrative Officer Stephen Oloya Gunya says that some of those who emerged successful have not picked their appointment letters while some have not returned their acceptance letters, which implies that they are not yet considered employees of the district. 

According to Oloya, the majority of the successful applicants are also reported to have applied for the same positions in the neighbouring districts of Pader, Lamwo and Kitgum implying that the applicants could opt to serve elsewhere leaving more available positions vacant.

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Oloya also says there is an ongoing verification exercise to ascertain how many successful applicants have accepted service in the district and the actual number of positions that would fall vacant for future filling.