James Okwera, a resident of Labworomor in Palaro Sub-County says the absence of technical staff who should closely supervise their subordinates in the district has left civil servants to abscond from work, report late with impunity.
Residents of Gulu District have expressed concern over late
reporting to work and the wastage of resources by civil servants who still
commute far away from their workplaces.
Apart from commuting from far, the residents have observed that
most health workers across the different health facilities report to work
extremely late by mid-day, work for a few hours and even leave before 5:00 pm.
In July 2020, councillors voted Awach Town Council located
approximately 50 km away north of Gulu City to host the district headquarters
after then Gulu Municipality was elevated to a city. However, since then the
majority of leaders and technical staff have commuted to work from the City.
For instance, the Resident District Commissioner Stephen Odong
Latek; the District Chairperson Christopher Atekere, Chief Administrative
Officer CAO– Sonny Mulembe and District Health Officer including line
secretaries all operate from Gulu City offices.
James Okwera, a resident of Labworomor in Palaro Sub-County says
the absence of technical staff who should closely supervise their subordinates
in the district has left civil servants to abscond from work, report late with
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Irene Lamwaka Aziz, the Female Youth Councilor for Palaro
Sub-County says that during her monitoring visit to the health centre on
Monday, there were no health workers at the facility.
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Phoebe Ayoo Obol, the Woman Councilor for Patiko and Owor
Sub-Counties, who also doubles as the district speaker, noted that the
under staffing also has created an imbalance in service delivery coupled to lack
of infrastructure for the staff.
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Sonny Mulembe, the Chief Administrative Officer admitted that the performance
of the district has declined. He says that they are strategically planning to
revamp the efforts of the staff to improve service delivery.
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Since March, Gulu has also been operated without the District Service
Commission, which is charged with the responsibility of recruitment, promotion,
disciplining and terminating all errant employees.
In August this year, the Local Government Management of Service
Performance Assessment for Financial Year 2020/2021 by the Office of the Prime
Minister ranked Gulu below average in all service delivery sectors. It focused
on transparency and accountability, performance reporting and performance
improvement, management and supervision services and service delivery results