By Francis Emorut
The newly recruited civil servants have been warned against involving themselves in any corrupt tendencies but strive hard to redeem the image of Public Service.
The call was sounded by the secretary to Public Service Commission, Duncan Bigirwa while closing the two-week induction training at Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi district.
“You should avoid placing yourself in any form of financial or social obligation to individuals or organizations that might in turn be used by those individuals or organizations to influence your decision making process or performance of your duties,” Bigirwa warned.
Newly recruited civil servants (L-R) Clare Kirabo, Monica Nyangoma,Merone Nakyegwe and Zaphara Mulumba during the closing of induction training at National Leadership Institute , Kyankwanzi. Photo/Wilfred Sanya
He appealed to the new recruits to exercise transparency and honesty while executing their duties.
“It is a requirement and not subject of debate to act with honesty, transparency and impartiality,” he said.
In addition, to guard against corruption, influence peddling in all forms and abuse of office the secretary called upon the new recruits instead to join the crusade against graft in accordance to Government policy of zero tolerance to corruption.
“You must therefore, place particular emphasis on the prudent management of public resources visible and invisible. Public resources must be utilized lawfully and for purpose intended for,” he told the new recruits.
The secretary also advised the new public officers to adhere to code of conduct and ethics while transacting government’s business in order to enhance and preserve the integrity of government in the eyes of the public.
He underscored the need of new recruited public officers to ensure proper consultations, coordination, efficiency and equity in the management of public affairs.
He also cautioned them against taking actions contrary to the public service standing order because they will be held responsible/accountable.
“You are the face of government to the people. You are therefore, held accountable for the decisions and actions you take while discharging your official duties and responsibilities,” he said.
Jane Kyarisiima, the commissioner of human resource in the ministry of public service appealed to the new public officers to continue searching for the best practices and strategies that will place Uganda public service the most admirable in the East African region and the continent of Africa at large.
“The Uganda public service should be unequivocal in being accountable, transparent, responsive and capable of delivering quality efficient, effective and timely public services to the satisfaction of the citizens,” Kyarisiima said.
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