Pressure mounts on civil servants in Uganda to resign ahead of 2016 polls

 

Several Resident District Commissioners and their deputies who have openly declared their interest to run for various elective posts ahead of 2016 elections have failed to beat the deadline given by the office of the President to have resigned.

In a letter dated May 27th, Deborah Katuramu, the Secretary to the Office of the President wrote to all RDC’s informing them about requirement in the Political Parties and Organizations Act to resign their post at least 90 days before any nomination for an elective political office.

The letter gave the RDCs up to May 30th to have resigned. However, according to the records obtained from the President’s office only a handful of RDC’s have responded to the directive.

But the RDCs this website on condition of anonymity think the directive is unconstitutional, unfair and hypocritical given the fact that highest civil servants do not resign their current positions before declaring intentions of running for office.

Some of the RDCs who have already declared interest to stand as MPs are Yunus Mugabe of Mukono who wants to contest for Bugahya county MP seat in Hoima, Josephat Tumwesigye, the Kiboga RDC who wants to stand in Bugangaizi and Allan Kajikm, the Deputy RDC for Kampala who intends to contest in Padyere county, Nebbi district.

Others are Pius Mujuzi the Bundibugyo RDC who wants the Kyotera Parliamentary seat and Catherine Lamwaka the Gulu RDC who wants to become the woman MP among others. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for the Presidency says the failure by the RDC’s to resign and yet they are already consulting to stand in the various posts is illegal.

He appeals to them to follow the law and avoid sanctions. Henry Kiguli, the Assistant Commissioner Human Resource in the Ministry of Public service confirmed that they had received resignation letters from different civil servants and that they were many but refused to divulge details.

Among top civil servants who have resigned so far include Dr. Isaac Ezati Director Health Services, Planning and Development, in the Ministry of Health, and Dr. Francis Mwesigye Runumi a commissioner in the same ministry who are eying Maracha and Kabale Municipality seats respectively. Another official is Edward Ssenyonzi the Principal Assistant Secretary in the ministry.