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Masaka City Leaders Decry Understaffing :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka City Leaders Decry Understaffing

Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor says that the low staffing levels are affecting key departments that include; Physical Planning and Housing, Community Development, Agriculture and Production, Natural Resources and Environment, and Works and Engineering
.Florence Namayanja the new Mayor of Masaka City

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Masaka City Council is facing understaffing which is limiting service delivery.

The leaders argue that the staffing level is way below the recommended average of 55 percent of the required workforce, which has led to heavy work overload for the existing staff.

According to the approved staff structure by the Public Service Commission, Masaka City Council is supposed to have a workforce of 204 civil servants and an additional 236 staff deployed in the two city divisions of Kimanya-Kabonera and Nyendo-Mukungwe.

Florence Namayanja, the Masaka City Mayor says they are operating at 35 percent of the approved staff structure, explaining that the available workforce can hardly deliver the required services and meet public satisfaction.

According to Namayanja, the problem was partly inherited from the former Masaka Municipal Council whose staffing level was also still standing at 67 percent by the time it was elevated to city status. She adds that the Ministry of Public Services has delayed the process of approving the recruitment of new staff.

She says that the low staffing levels are affecting key departments that include; Physical Planning and Housing, Community Development, Agriculture and Production, Natural Resources and Environment, and Works and Engineering whose services are urgently needed for guiding proper and systematic development of the new city.

Ronald Katende Kinene, the Masaka City Resident Commissioner says that the problem is affecting his monitoring role of the government program in the area.  He explains that the inadequate staff is slowing down the implementation of some public projects.

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Katende adds that many of the available staff are also working in acting capacities, which affects their morale while executing the assignments.  He, however, indicates that the City's technical and political leaders should unite and task the Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Finance to allow them to conduct the recruitment exercise so that the existing staffing gap is bridged. 

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Geoffrey Bemanyisa, the Masaka City Clerk explains that the problem is due to the delay by the Ministry of Finance to increase the city’s wage bill that can cater for the salaries of the staff once recruited.

He indicates that while they require a wage bill of 5.17 billion Shillings, the Ministry of Finance is still allocating them 1.87 billion Shillings, which was being allocated to the former municipality.

Bemanyisa, says that they have formally communicated the problem to the Ministry of Local government, requesting support to move the Ministry of Finance to increase the wage bill.

Masaka City was operationalized in July 2020, after it was elevated from a Municipal council status following a protracted clamor by the local community including the political and prominent opinion leaders.     

          

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