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Kalungu CAO Defies IGG on Sacking Education Officer

The CAO was expected to implement the directive within 60 days from May 1, 2018 but to date the officials are still serving in their respective offices.
David Bbale Mukasa, DEO Kalungu whose appointment the IGG wants revoked.

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Feld Nabirye Kyandibaiza, the Kalungu district Chief Administrative Officer-CAO has defied a directive from the Inspectorate of Government-IG to sack irregularly appointed civil servants. 

In April 2018, Mariam Wangandya, the Deputy Inspector General of Government ordered Nabirye to terminate the contract of David Bbaale Mukasa, the Kalungu District Education Officer on grounds that his appointment was irregular and based on false information.  

She explained that their investigations established that Bbaale connived with Scovia Kasingirwa, the secretary to the Kalungu District Service Commission to manipulate the appointment process to irregularly secure the office.

Wangandya observed that while Bbaale lacked the prerequisite qualifications for a District Education Officer, Kasingirwa exhibited a high level of incompetence and could no longer serve the commission with the required competence. 

The IGG ordered the Chief Administrative Officer to sack the two officers for uttering false information and abuse of office and replace them with competent officers. 

The CAO was expected to implement the directive within 60 days from May 1, 2018  but to date the officials are still serving in their respective offices. 

Bbaale descried the orders as extraneous when asked about his continued stay in office, arguing that the investigations were instigated by malice. 

He declined to comment on the accusations of lying to the District Service Commission that he had attained the level of a principal education officer in public service, a perquisite for any candidate for the post of District Education Officer.  Part four of the Education Act of 2008, defines a principal education officer as someone with senior management experience of at least nine years under the supervision of public service.

When contacted for comment on the status of the duo the Kalungu Chief Administrative Officer, Felda Nabirye said she doesn't want to associate with the media. But Abubaker Lubega Kaddunnabbi, the Kalungu Resident District Commissioner, said the CAO sought guidance from the Solicitor General recently on how to handle the matter and could be waiting for a response. 

Diana Nabirye, the Masaka Regional Inspectorate Officer, says the decision by the CAO to seek guidance from the Solicitor General is wastage of time, saying the Inspectorate can only be challenged in court. 

Joseph Ssewungu, the Kalungu West Member of Parliament accuse the CAO to have aided the irregular appointments, arguing that she deliberately ignored advice of her predecessor on the status of Bbaale's candidature for the same position  

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