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IG Cautions Kumi Staff Over Absenteeism :: Uganda Radionetwork
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IG Cautions Kumi Staff Over Absenteeism

Rashid Ssentongo, the Senior Inspectorate in the office of the Inspectorate of Government in Eastern region says that absenteeism is affecting service delivery in the district because the technical staff expected to implement activities are not in the office.
Martha Asekenye pleads with IG after she was noted as common absentee in Kumi.

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The Inspectorate of Government- IG has asked the Chief Administrative Officer of Kumi, Roseline Adongo Luhoni to withhold salaries of staff who constantly abscond  from duty.

During an induction meeting held on December 22, 2022 the Inspectorate noted that some staff have been earning salaries in the district without any work done.

Rashid Ssentongo, the Senior Inspectorate in the office of the Inspectorate of Government in Eastern region says that absenteeism is affecting service delivery in the district because the technical staff expected to implement activities are not in the office.

Citing the sub counties in Kumi district, Ssentongo said that it’s very rare to find any Senior Assistant Secretaries also known as Sub County Chiefs who have worked for 15 days in a month. He rated Nyero Town Council as the worst lower local government in Kumi where the chief has not been in office.

“Absenteeism is the most common silent form of corruption and it affects service delivery. It’s very rare to find the sub county chiefs in offices during working days. They only come when there are releases and disappear, " said Ssentongo.

He tasked the CAO to step up on monitoring of the staff in lower local governments by putting in place strict guidelines including attendance books that must be collected by the district regularly.

“Starting January, I want the CAO to come up with a monthly attendance list for staff. We have staff getting full pay when they spend most of their time on private work, leaving offices that earn them money empty. This must stop for us to serve the communities," he said.

He also cited forestry and fisheries departments among least attended offices in Kumi district. Nelson Elungat Lakol, the district chairperson of Kumi agreed with the findings of the IG and cautioned the staff to desist from the vice.

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Ahamada Washaki, the Resident District Commissioner- RDC Kumi says that the IG’s findings will help him start his work in the district. Washaki who has just been posted Kumi says the report will enable him move around all the sub counties to monitor and recommend punitive action against staff absenting from duty in Kumi.

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Martha Asekenye, the Nyero Town Council Chief pleaded with IG to pardon her as the Kumi CAO, Adongo looked on. The IG had recommended for a caution against the officers who have been common cases of absenteeism.

According Ssentongo, Uganda loses close to two trillion Shillings every year when officers fail to execute their duties because they are not in the offices.