By Wetondo Denis Julius
The Local Council Five Chairman Pallisa district together with the Chairman District Service Commission is in hot soup for allegedly asking for bribes from job applicants.
The duo (John Okurut, LCV and Samuel Odongo) was summoned on Friday by the RDC Pallisa, Kyeyune Ssenyonjo to respond to the allegations.
Kyeyune revealed that reports reaching his office indicate that applicants are asked to part with Shs3million before they are shortlisted.
According to Kyeyune, last month, the district advertised 170 vacancies in primary teaching and 87 in nursing.
However, he was tipped by some applicants he didn’t mention names that the LCV and chairperson District Service Commission asked each applicant to pay Shs3million before being shortlisted.
Kyeyune added that he decided to summon the two to his office to respond to the allegations because it was not the first time he was hearing such allegations.
The RDC expressed his bitterness during the meeting referring to the vice as a corruption of the highest order which will not be allowed in Pallisa.
He urged the complainants and locals with evidence to hand over to him quietly such that the culprits can be arrested and prosecuted.
Samuel Odongo, the Deputy Palisa District Service Commissioner who represented his boss during the meeting refuted the allegations saying that anybody with evidence should produce it.
He said that all people who applied for different vacancies are going to be shortlisted on merit and not on the basis of relations or bribery.
John Okurut meanwhile said it is possible people could have been using his name to ask for money, arguing that he has never asked for money from anyone.
He referred the allegations as being politically created by his opponents as a way of weakening him.
Titus Ojoko and Emmanuel Malinga both residents from Palisa say it’s true most of the people who get jobs at Palisa district local government must either be relatives of the LCV chairperson or Chairman DSC.
“Those who are not relatives pay lots of money to get the jobs,” Ojoko told this reporter.