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Information obtained by our reporter shows that there are more than 60 volunteers attached to various offices. The volunteers execute simple tasks like preparing documents, welcoming and guiding clients, keeping the offices when the officers are away and at times perform duties entrusted to the office bearers.
Wakiso District CAO Luke Lokuda

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The high number of volunteers attached to various offices at Wakiso district headquarters has raised concern from clients and authorities. 

Information obtained by our reporter shows that there are more than 60 volunteers attached to various offices. 

The volunteers execute simple tasks like preparing documents, welcoming and guiding clients, keeping the offices when the officers are away and at times perform duties entrusted to the office bearers.  

Many of the volunteers are said to have come as interns but stayed on after their internship period while others are often brought by the officer bearers. Many of the volunteers have has served for over two years.   

Luke Lokuda, the Wakiso District Chief Administrative Officer, says many officers have illegally recruited volunteers, saying he has been investigating the matter silently.

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In 2012, the Public Service Ministry wrote circulars asking all volunteers in public offices to vacate. An officer at Wakiso District headquarters, who asked for anonymity to speak freely on the matter, says that they will forced to engage volunteers because of the heavy work load due to limited staff.   

However, this explanation has been trashed by the CAO, saying the district isn’t badly off in terms of staff numbers. Lokuda says even if there were gaps, it doesn’t justify entrusting volunteers with official duties.  

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Matia Lwanga Bwanika, the Wakiso District LC V Chairperson, says he has been raising the matter overtime after receiving numerous complaints from people seeking services at the district. Bwanika says always wonders how the volunteers survive by rendering service for years without receiving any payment.

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Bwanika also notes that some district officials deploy the volunteers with intentions of getting them formal employment at the district, which brings unfair competition when the positions are opened up.

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Lokuda says that he has written an internal memo directing civil servants in the district to stop engaging volunteers effective immediately.  

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