By Okoodi Deo
District LCV chairpersons have been blamed for taking district service commissions as political schemes to lay grounds for future elections.
Godfrey Onzima the chairperson sectoral committee of parliament onpublic service and local government raised this concern during a two day stakeholders conference organized by Public Service Commission for district leaders and members of district service commissions at lake view resort hotel in Mbarara district.
He added that such practice is hindering effective service delivery in local governments.
He said that unless the trend is reversed, irregular practices like political rewards, corruption and recruitment of unqualified man power will always exist because members of the district service commission have to pay allegiance to the LCV chairpersons that are responsible for their appointment.
The Chairperson Public Service Commission Justice Raph Ochan proposed to have the law that gives powers to LCV chairpersons to appoint members of district service commission amended so as to protect them against political influence.
Kabale RDC Darious Nandinda proposed that these services be again recentralized noting that political interference is becoming too much for district service commissions to handle.
The district chairpersons present in the conference neither admitted nor denied the allegations but said districts marred by irregularities in service commissions should singularly be handled and reprimanded.
Benjamin Kumumanya, the Permanent secretary Ministry of local government warned local council leaders of taking decentralization for granted noting that failure to deliver services can be a reason for recentralizing these services again.
The conference was to engage key stakeholders in local governments on how they can have an effective human resource management system for effective service delivery.
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