‘Stop coming to work dressed in T-shirts’
Publish Date: Aug 18, 2014
‘Stop coming to work dressed in T-shirts’
A new recruit takes an oath of secrecy. This was at Esella country Hotel in Kira Town Council where they were told on proper work dress code. PHOTO/Eddie Ssejjoba
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By Eddie Ssejjoba          

KIRA - The ministry of justice and constitutional affairs has strongly warned state attorneys and other judicial officers on the work dress code.

Men must not wear T-shirts at work and women have been told against wearing dance dresses for work.

 “When you choose the path of being a lawyer you have to follow its norms and remain smart from Monday to Friday,” said Denis Biraije, the commissioner in the directorate of civil litigation in the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs.

He was representing the Solicitor General at the closing of a three-day induction course for newly recruited state attorneys at Esella Country Hotel in Kira Town Council.

‘No shame’

The officers who took an oath of secrecy and later handed posting letters were posted to different stations across the country.

“For ladies we don’t expect you to dress as if you are going to a dance or cinema. Men must as well be smart all the time. Some of you report to work on Friday wearing T-shirts, it is unacceptable,” he stressed.

The head of human resource at the justice ministry, Hope Byaruhanga, helps a new state attorney to hold the Bible while taking an oath. PHOTO/Eddie Ssejjoba

Biraije warned that he would not be ashamed to tell anyone that she or he is indecently dressed.

He asked the newly recruited officers to each get a copy of the Public Service code of conduct to guide them in whatever they do to avoid making mistakes.

'Consult your friends'

The commissioner also cautioned the attorneys on other issues including discipline, time management, team work, being tidy, efficiency and orderliness.

“Some people come and stay at work for one hour and walk away. You must report at work and leave at the specific time, otherwise you will get problems.”

He asked them to always develop teamwork and consult their work colleagues when executing their duties to avoid turning into an island.

“You must always consult your friends to guide you and make consultations so that your work becomes easy. The decision you make as a state attorney has far-reaching implications.”

He advised fresh recruits to always read legal documents to keep abreast with the law.

Hope Byaruhanga, the head of human resource in the ministry, warned that all recruits must accept to report to their work stations but asked those with serious issues about their posting to inform the management.

Many of the officers however became uneasy soon after receiving their posting letters, complaining that they had been posted to far stations while some of their colleagues remained in the city.

Some said they would rethink their decision on whether or not to accept their respective postings.    

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