and Catherine Bekunda
THE Government yesterday submitted to Parliament a list detailing regional job placement in the public service.The list, submitted by public service minister, Prisca Seezi Mbaguta, showed that of the 751 senior posts, the western region has 260, central 187, eastern 183 and northern 121. But the list left out the top officers in security agencies.
Her explanations follow concerns raised by opposition MP Reagan Okumu in February on senior appointments to government departments.
He tabled a list of the top public servants, army and Police officers and challenged the Government to explain the disparities that have persisted over the years.
However, after a short debate, MPs rejected the ministerâ€™s list, arguing that it was shallow.
Speaker Edward Ssekandi directed that Mbaguta produces a comprehensive list with names and positions occupied by the officers as well.
According to the list, there is no chairperson of commission from northern Uganda. Of the 16 senior presidential advisors only one is from northern Uganda.
Some 27 Resident District Commissioners out of 75 are from the western region, 14 are from eastern region while central and northern regions have 17 each.
The western region also has the biggest number of presidential advisers and assistants, senior consultants, directors, ambassadors, chief magistrates, commissioners/undersecretaries and assistant Inspector Generalâ€™s of Police.
Mbaguta explained that under Article 172 1(a) of the Constitution, the power to appoint heads of department is vested in the President.
Govt submits list on regional job placement