KAMPALA – The Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Justice Ralph Ochan has on Wednesday, July 24, admitted before Parliament that the Acting Director Physical Planning at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Moses Atwine was wrongly appointed to the position he is currently holding.
Justice Ochan made the shocking revelation today while appearing before the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) where he told lawmakers that there was a waiver given to Atwine during the appointment.
“Even this waiver, I should have rejected it and for the appointment of Moses Atwiine, I can only add this, that I am ready to receive guidance soon from Parliament through the Committee.” He said.
It should be recalled that while interfacing with officials from KCCA who had been summoned to respond to the 2017/2017 audit report, lawmakers discovered that Mr Atwiine was holding office with no qualifications prompting the Committee to call in the Criminal Investigations Department to look into the matter.
The revelation followed a query raised by the Auditor General, John Muwanga that highlighted that out of the approved structure of 1423 posts only 1234 are filled and 189 posts representing 13% under staffing and that KCCA appointed 724 staff to perform duties on temporary basis and that affects the capacity of competence of members to perform.
It was Gideon Onyanga (Samya Bugwe County) who exposed the skeletons inside KCCA’s closet remarking, “Ugandans must know especially people in Kampala that they aren’t safe in the hands of a social scientist. His Deputy James Ssemuwembo holds higher qualification than him.”
Mr Atwiine told the Committee, “I have an appointment from public service, actually I have an appointment from the President on secondment by Public Service. I hold a Bachelor in Social Science from Makerere University, Diploma in Engineering from Dortmund in Germany and Research in Environmental Planning.”