FIFTEEN percent of the civil servants in Jinja district are likely to lose their jobs when the public service restructuring policy is effected.
The exercise will be effected by all districts upon approval. The new policy is to be adopted by July this year.
Jinja district chief administrative officer Eustence Gakwande said about 100 of the 700 civil servants in the district are to be affected.
He, however, said some of the affected civil servants stood a chance of being absorbed even after their current offices have been phased out.
â€œUnder this arrangement, civil servants with substantive qualifications my be relocated from their current offices to other departments that suit their profession,â€ Gakwande said, without explaining further.
The policy, he said, is meant to streamline the performance of civil servants in the district.
â€œOne of the main objectives of the policy is to realise quality and efficiency. The Government seeks to have a small size of civil servants that would be easily motivated,â€ Gakwande said.
Gakwande, however, declined to divulge the kind of civil servants who would be sacked.
Civil servants who spoke to The New Vision had mixed reactions.
Some of them had not got to terms with the news of the impending changes.
â€œBeginning a new life is not easy, but if Iâ€™m among those to be retired, I will have no choice,â€ said a male civil servant.
One female civil servant was quick to snap, â€œPeople should learn to embrace changes.â€
Jinja workers risk job loss