By Francis Emorut
Somber mood reined the corridors of Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute (NALI) following the death of one the newly recruited public servants on arrival to the institute.
Vincent Obwana, a records officer at national archives Entebbe with ministry of public service died this morning at 2.00am after being admitted at NALI health facility.
“When he arrived he was sickly and admitted to our health facility,” Lt.Col. Arthur Barisigara the deputy director of the institute told New Vision.
The late was attended to by the medical officer Capt. Wilson Luteremwa who put him on a drip.
According to Harriet Kyomugisha, the principal resource officer at the ministry of public service Obwana was the last person to board a coach at Kololo Airstrip on Sunday.
The newly recruited civil servants attending training at Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute on Monday June 16, 2014. PHOTO/Francis Emorut
“He was carrying two kaveras (polythene bags) and smiling he even waved,” Kyomugisha narrated.
Before the induction training was opened a moment of silence was observed in memory of the late Obwana.
The cause of death is not known as the body was taken to Mulago Hospital for postmortem.
However, Patrick Barugahare the head of human resource management at ministry of public service said the late looked sickly.
“He looked sickly and drunk,” Barugahare said.
Enock Mutambi, the programme manager of Civil Service College said the late shouted at 12.30 am while being attended to at the health facility then breathed his last shortly.
“He was talking to colleagues and the drip was moving and we thought that he will recover but to our shock, the blood pressure went down and the pulse was reading zero that’s when he died,” Mutambi said.
He said the late had history of conversions (fits) which would attack him while at work but he could recover.
Obwana was among the 200 newly recruited public officers that were to attend the two weeks induction training.
It is not known whether the late was married but he hails from Atiak in northern Uganda.
While opening the induction training, the head of public service and secretary to the Cabinet John Mitala urged the new recruits to be transparent when executing their jobs.
“Practice truthfulness and honest always,” he advised.
He also called upon the new civil servants to be good time managers and never to abuse the privileges of their offices.
He cautioned them against contracting HIV/AIDS.
“Having got a job should be no license for you especially male officers to go on rampage and indulge in reckless sexual activities because as of now no cure has yet been found for that deadly disease (HIV/AIDS),” Mitala said.
“Your life is not only precious to you and your family but the country as a whole.”
Adah Kabarokole Mwanga, the acting permanent secretary in the ministry of public service advised new public officers to put in practice what they have learnt to transform the public service for better service delivery in the country.
The head of public service and secretary to the cabinet, John Mitala (L) and the acting permanent secretary in the ministry of public service, Adah Mwanga on arrival at Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute (NALI) on Monday June 16, 2016. PHOTO/Francis Emorut