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Job seeker runs to court to block Parliament recruitment process

Wangudi wants Parliament to hold recruiting another person to a position for which he had qualified.

Sam Bosio Wangudi, a job seeker, has asked the High Court in Kampala to block the ongoing recruitment for the position of Inventory Management Officer by the Parliamentary Commission until he sorts out issues to do with his academic papers with Kyambogo University.

Wangudi claims that he applied for a job in the Parliament Commission as an Inventory Management Officer where he successfully passed the interviews and was asked to submit his degree certificate within a period of one month.

According to court documents that PML Daily has seen, on March 12, 2018, Mr Wangudi wrote to Kyambogo University requesting to be issued with his certificate for the course of Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management.

Kyambogo University first confirmed but later said Wangudi did not qualify for the degree (COURTESY PHOTO)

Mr Wangudi says in the same month, the academic registrar of Kyambogo University wrote to the Parliamentary Commission confirming he holds a Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics Management from the University although his certificate for the said degree was not yet ready.

However Mr Wangudi was surprised when Kyambogo University wrote to the Clerk to Parliament alleging that he did not complete his degree studies.

Wangudi says he has since learnt that the commission is in the process of recruiting another person for the position.

He now wants court to issue a temporary injunction restraining the Parliamentary Commission from acting on the information from the university to the effect that he does not possess a degree.

He also wants court to stop the commission from appointing any other person to the position until the disposal of the main application for judicial review.

“If this application is not granted, the commission might hire another person for the position of inventory management officer to the detriment of applicant who was the successful applicant and was subsequently confirmed to such position,” reads in part Mr Wangudi’s claim.

According to the court documents, Mr Wangudi applied and joined Kyambogo University in 2008 where he pursued a course of procurement and logistics management whereof he successfully graduated and an academic transcript was given to him.

Parliament’s director of communications Chris Obore says Wangudi will only get in after his papers have been verified.

When contacted, Parliaments director for communication, Mr Chris Obore said Wangudi’s case was a simple matter of the commission seeking to verify the documents submitted.

“Parliament has a very strict recruitment process and Mr Wangudi should wait until his papers are verified. Short of which his appointment cannot be confirmed,” Mr Obore told PML Daily on phone Monday evening.

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