BY WILBER MUHWEZI-KASIBANTE AND NELSON TWINAMATSIKO
The chairperson public service commission; Justice Raphael Ochan has denied allegations that he received a bribe from tycoon Hasan Basajjabalaba to rescind his decisions towards the fate of Bushenyi district service commission.
Justice Ochan who recently wrote three different letters to Bushenyi district chief administrative officer, asking him to tell the district chairman Jafari Basajabala to allow the old service commission to start working, but today surprised the dialogue meeting held at Tuzza Hotel when he recommended the district to borrow Mbarara service commission to recruit civil servants in Bushenyi.
He also ignored considering the old service commission that was proposed by the district former chairman; Willis Bashasha and confirmed by public service commission chaired by justice Ochan himself.
In an exclusive interview with www.mknewslink.com editor after the dialogue, Justice Ochan denied having received any bribes from Tycoon Basajabalaba as its being alleged by members of the public from Bushenyi district.The service commission earlier approved, consists of Ms Lydia Rwakishaya, Julius Ishungisa and Nathan Behangana.
The meeting of Bushenyi Members of parliament and other district leaders that was held today Friday 23rd June 2017 at Tuzza Hotel in Bushenyi district where Ochan was the chief guest resolved that Bushenyi district can borrow Mbarara service commission meanwhile looking for a neutral mediator who will hear from Jafali Basajjabalaba and Apollo Kakong and Emmanuel Karasi sides.
The meeting also resolved that Bushenyi district chief administrative officer; Elias Byamungu writes to the Permanent Secretary Service commission in ministry of finance requesting him to allow the district use the sh.1bn to recruit civil servants but not to be taken back to treasury on June 30, 2017.
The ministry of public service allocated more than sh.1bn to Bushenyi district to pay salaries for new civil servants this ending financial year.
However, the minister of Local government Tom Butime’s letter read to him by Swizin Kinga Mugyema, commissioner in the same ministry, during the dialogue asked the stakeholders to allow the old district service commission to start doing it’s business.
In the same spirit principle human resource office in public service ministry Mr Noel Kabwegyere who represented both the minister of public service and permanent secretary insisted that the old commission should be allowed to work.
However, the two representative could not speak to www.mknewslink.com editor after the dialogue because they requested not be quoted beyond what they said in the meeting.
Meanwhile Apollo Kakonge and group from a pressure group ‘Make Bushenyi Great Again’ addressed a press conference at Ankole Resort Hotel in Bushenyi town and rejected the decision made by Rapheal Ochan to borrow Mbarara service commission.
MORE DETAILS ON KAKONGE GROUP’S PRESS CONFERENCE IN SEPARATE STORY SHORTLY.