By Solomon Hamala
The LC 5 elect Namutumba district has accused members of the district service commission of extorting money from job applicants and has vowed to expose them immediately he takes over office.
Speaking to our reporter this morning 16th February 2021, David Mukisa said he has received numerous complaints from members of the public about the manner in which the district service commission executes its duties like extortion of money from people seeking jobs.
“Most of the people said they gave out money in form of bribes to the members of the district service commission but were not even given the jobs they were promised,” he said.
He vowed to expose all members of the district service commission who have been accused of frequently extorting money from job seekers for further necessary action.
“People are being forced to sell off most of their assets in a bid to acquire jobs but end up being frustrated,” he said.
The same District Service Commission had earlier been hired out to carry recruitment of district employees in neighboring Bugweri district. However, their activities were halted by the Public Service Commission last year after it was discovered that it was being influenced by some top government officials besides being corrupt.
Mukisa who is also the district councilor for Magada Sub County said he had during earlier council sessions cautioned the members of the district service commission to desist from habits of extorting money from job seekers but nothing seems to be done.
“It’s high time this bad habit came to an end because its tainting the image of the district,” he said.
He promised to lobby investors to the district to set up development projects that will provide job opportunities to youths during his term in office.
Mukisa also pledged to fulfill his campaign promises of improving the road infrastructure in rural areas to ensure farmers transport their produce easily to the nearest markets for sale.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Namutumba, Sempala Kigozi urged anyone with a complaint concerning the district service commission to forward it to his office for necessary action.
The Woman Member of Parliament Namutumba, Mariam Naigaga said majority of youths in the area with necessary qualifications are left out just because of lack of funds to bribe their way to acquire job opportunities at the district headquarters.
Naigaga said urgent action should be taken to stop the habit of extorting money from job seekers.