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Whistle Blower Drags District CAO To IGG For Appointing Children, Relatives To Public Offices

A whistle Blower has reported the Chief Administrative Officer of Lwengo district to the Inspector General of Government for allegedly appointing 35 people into district offices without proper procedures.

The CAO on the spot is called Mr Kisembo Grace who is said to have recruited also his sons and daughters in the irregular appointments.

According to the petition documents obtained by this investigative website, the whistle blower filed a complaint of abuse of office, favoritism and nepotism.

In the complaint, the district administrative officer is accused of exercising procedural irregularity in submitting some names of persons into the district service.

In the document, it is stated that a one Atukwase Bernard and Serwada Paul were appointed as Chief Finance Officer and District Internal Auditor.

Sources that spoke to chimp corps on conditions of anonymity in order to speak freely revealed that Mr. Kisembo appointed his son identified as Kirya Julius to the position of Town clerk for Kinoni town council and daughter only identified as Juliet to head Lwengo District Health Center IV.

The whistle blower argues that “In an event of filling up a public post, advertisement should be done either internally or externally. Internally it involves inviting those within civil service regardless of their working stations and externally will involve those in the private sector who meet the required qualifications.”

He said that the CAO exercised none of the procedures and presumably acted in breach of procedural requirements.

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When contacted by this investigative website, Mr Grace Kisembo declined to comment about the matter but simply replied that he is a Ugandan and had to also employ his people.

“I am also a Ugandan therefore i had to get my people jobs,” he said.

It was also established that the chief finance officer Mr Serwada Paul received an appointment on 27th December 2017 but it was after three months that the applicant received the letter thus raising more questions against the CAO.

Mr Isaac Newton Okot the Inspector of Government confirmed receipt of the whistle blowers complaint adding that investigations into the corruption allegations will soon commence.

This scandal comes amidst increasing public outcry of corruption by government officials.

Also speaking to chimp corps in an interview, the president of Volunteer Uganda Extra, an anti-corruption agency, Mr Bruce Nzabanita said that the district officials in question have severally been accused of corruption and other human rights abuses.

He added that the CAO also has many pending corruption cases at the Masaka and Lwengo magistrates courts.

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