The parliamentary Public Accounts committee on Tuesday quizzed officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by the Permanent Secretary Patrick Mugoya over claims of irregular posting of staff to Uganda’s Missions Abroad.
The committee chaired by Soroti District Woman MP, Angelina Osege made the discovery while interfacing with the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Mugoya.
The members found that staffers at Uganda’s foreign missions and in Kampala are posted without formal guidelines.
The committee found that some staff members at the ministry recruit their relatives and post them to Foreign Service without following the deployment structure.
“In all your missions you are posting people either for purposes of bread, without any budget provisions; you post your uncles, nieces, daughters and in-laws, that is why the missions are strained financially,” Osege observed.
Meanwhile, the committee members asked the ministry to enforce the rent policy for Foreign Service staff by acquiring them permanent residents to reduce on the expenses the country is incurring every year in paying rent.
MPS observed that the money government spends on the rent for staff at the Uganda mission in Pretoria a year could be enough in acquiring permanent residencies for staff.
In his response the permanent sectary in the foreign Affairs ministry, Patrick Mugoya agreed with some of the observations by MPs. He said however that he was doing his best to ensure that they are addressed.
“We are trying to do all that it takes to implement the deployment structure of civil servants and to improve our services,” he said.
The chairperson asked Mugoya to return to the committee on a later date with all relevant staff.