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Masaka City Heads of Departments on Spot over Insubordination

Rogers Buregyeya, the Chairperson of the Finance and Administration sectoral committee accuses the technical staff of deliberately frustrating the work of his committee by declining to attend any of its statutory meetings despite being served with formal invitations.
Rogers Buregyeya, Chairperson of Committee on Finance and Administration in Masaka City, He accuses Technical Staff of insurbodination

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Several civil servants in Masaka City council are on the spot for alleged insubordination and abdication of their duties. The technical staff is under fire from the chairpersons of the city sectoral committees, who accuse them of deliberately frustrating their operations by hiding crucial information and absconding from meetings.

Those implicated include Rashid Ssebyala, the Masaka City Procurement Officer, Harriet Kafeero, the Chief Finance Officer, Ponsiano Mayito, the head of the Planning Unit, Lydia Nassolo, the Senior Internal Auditor and Hood Sseremba, the City Principal Human Resource Officer.  

Rogers Buregyeya, the Chairperson of the Finance and Administration sectoral committee accuses the technical staff of deliberately frustrating the work of his committee by declining to attend any of its statutory meetings despite being served with formal invitations. 

He says that the committee is failing to execute its responsibility and accomplish tasks assigned to it by the council because the technical officers are uncooperative. Besides shunning meetings, Buregyeya says that the technical staff has since October last year failed to furnish the committee with any performance and accountability reports, hence frustrating its planning process, which has a grave effect on social service delivery. 

//Cue in: “Tumaze ebbanga…  

Cue out: ….kyeziyina kukola.”//   

According to Buregyeya, they have resolved to formally complain to the City Clerk about the unbecoming conduct of some of the staff and demand that they are reprimanded accordingly. He claims that the committee has also unearthed syndicates by some of the departmental heads who connive to falsify work plans with intentions to misappropriate public funds meant for different projects.   

//Cue in: “naye nga ky’annaku…  

Cue out: ….tetokotangamu wadde.”//  

Christine Namaganda, the Masaka City female councilor for Persons with Special needs and a member of the Finance and Administration committee, says that they are fed up with the intransigent character of some heads of departments. 

She observes that the city is largely operating on speculation because the technical team has deliberately distanced itself from the political leaders who were entrusted with the mandate of the electorates.

Namaganda accuses the technical staff of insubordination to the political leadership, arguing it has become a habit they are not provided with timely information.   

//Cue in: “embeera eno yantabula…..   

Cue out: ……ku planingira kibuga.”// 

Efforts to speak to Geoffrey Bemanyisa, the Masaka City  Clerk about the complaints failed to yield results because he was out of the office and all calls to his cellphone went unanswered. One of his office assistants indicated that Bemanyisa could be preparing his handover report to the new City Clerk.

One of the accused technical staff who preferred not to be named told Uganda Radio Network that the heads of departments cannot freely attend committee meetings until they are certain about their employment statuses. Apparently, the Ministry of Public Service is carrying out a validation exercise of public servants to choose those that qualify for work in the city council.                

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