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Kalungu District Fails to Attract Skilled Staff

Kalungu Chief Administrative Officer, Ddembe Davis Bayeze says the districts remoteness frustrates skilled people from taking up offices. The district is located 21 kilometers northeast of Masaka, the largest metropolitan area in the sub-region.

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Kalungu district has failed to attract and retain skilled public servants to take up key administrative positions since its creation more than five years ago.

Kalungu Chief Administrative Officer, Ddembe Davis Bayeze says the district's remoteness frustrates skilled people from taking up offices. The district is located 21 kilometers northeast of Masaka, the largest metropolitan area in the sub-region.

He says some key offices have remained vacant since 2010 when the district was curved out of Masaka. Affected offices include that of the District Engineer, Physical planner, Medical Officer, Veterinary Officer and several posts in the Department of Water and Environment, among others.

Bayeze says that although the positions have been advertised and candidates interviewed, often successful applicants decline to show up after the recruitment process.

He adds that the status-quo has forced them to assign such duties to personnel with less competence and expertise. He however admits that the practice affects the quality of service delivery.

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He adds that besides the limited wage bill, government's policy of maintaining huge salary inequalities between staff in local governments and those in central government agencies and authorities drives staff out of local governments.

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