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Four Kamuli officers lose jobs over forged academic documents

By Tom Gwebayanga

Added 29th October 2018 09:47 AM

Naming the slots, Kiyimba said that of the affected persons, one is from the District Production office, two “big fish” from the works department and one from the health department.

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Naming the slots, Kiyimba said that of the affected persons, one is from the District Production office, two “big fish” from the works department and one from the health department.

Kamuli District Service Commission Secretary, Paul Kiyimba talks to the Press
 
The Inspector General of Government (IGG) has declared four district jobs in Kamuli vacant, having investigated and established that the officers got the jobs through submitting forged academic papers.
 
The affected officers (names withheld) have for the last ten to fifteen years worked and drawn their salaries unnoticed, until some concerned citizens petitioned their academic transcripts to the IGG.
 
Speaking during a Press briefing at the District Service Commission (DSC) offices on Friday, the Secretary, Paul Kiyimba confirmed the disbandment of the senior officers, adding the Public Service commission has already instructed Kamuli DSC to advertise the vacancies.
 
“The IGG declared four posts vacant, which we’re set to advertise,” Kiyimba, said, adding the IGG’s finding proved that the affected officers got the jobs fraudulently.
 
Naming the slots, Kiyimba said that of the affected persons, one is from the District Production office, two “big fish” from the works department and one from the health department.
 
Kiyimba declined to name them; having got reports that they may seek court redress, but that can’t deter the commission from advertising the posts.
 
Confirming that they have worked between ten and fifteen years, Kiyimba declined to divulge much about their fate, but said that besides the forged academic credentials, there was a component of different people using the same documents to get jobs elsewhere.
 
“That’s impersonation whose punishment translates to dismissal from the service and possibly being ordered to refund all the monies you got through the entire tenure,” Kiyimba said.
 
The victims were also implicated in some unprofessional conduct including abuse of office and absenteeism.
 
Disbandment of technocrats and top politicians in Kamuli has featured over the years.
 
In 2014, in the Finance and Planning Department, the former Chief Finance officer was implicated in an academic credentials’ scam, while the former LC5 Chairman, Ahmed Kawooya Kawugu Mugaino lost the slot twice after failing to produce the required academic credentials.
 
The department has been hit with forgery according to Kiyimba, which he says calls for frequent verification of papers.    

 

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