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Whistleblower accuses Kagina of employing relatives in UNRA

UNRA executive director Allen Kagina

UNRA executive director Allen Kagina

A whistleblower has petitioned parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) over alleged anomalies in the recruitment of staff at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). The whistleblower alleges that the headhunting process is unfair and discriminative.  

COSASE chairperson Mubarak Munyagwa says that his committee has information that a number of individuals were recruited in key positions under the guise of headhunting, even when they are not adequately experienced.  

The practice of headhunting, also known as executive search in human resource management, involves identifying highly-skilled and hard-to-find candidates to fill jobs in an organization. It is usually undertaken to enable the organization to find key people at the management and specialist level with very specific personal and professional skills.  

But according to Munyagwa, a number of people obtained specialist jobs at UNRA, even when they did not have any specialities that would give them a niche to take up the jobs.  

Speaking during an interface with a team of UNRA officials at parliament, Munyagwa said many of the head-hunted staff are inexperienced while others have a dented record from previous employment engagements.     

"Actually that in that headhunting, you have ended up filling UNRA with inexperienced staff, you got people who were laid off at district level, very inexperienced staff but you go on headhunting relatives, friends and you just go on filling them in positions. There is actually a petition that I’m forwarding to the speaker over that - mostly when it comes to engineers." Munyagwa said. 

UNRA’s director human resource Jennifer Kaggwa defended the practice of headhunting for staff as a normal recruitment procedure and noted that in all instances of headhunting approval from the UNRA board is sought. But she was tasked to explain the conditions that warrant headhunting.     

"In all cases where we were headhunting, we sought approval from the board…we headhunt for senior management positions, for critical skills and other areas where you need. Sometimes it is not the skills that are the issue, but some behavioral competences that you might need." she said. 

Committee members equally tasked the authority officials to explain what would encourage the authority to headhunt officers who were previously interdicted from Local Governments. According to COSASE vice chairperson Ibrahim Kasozi, it would be irregular for an institution to headhunt unqualified people leaving qualified Ugandans out.    

".What pushes you to headhunt for someone who has been interdicted. You headhunt a district officer who has embezzled money somewhere and you headhunt such a person and bring to UNRA. You are supposed to give a free choice to Ugandans to apply and compete freely for jobs. But if the jobs are given to a few because the executive director knows me that is why many are complaining." said Kasozi.  

The committee asked UNRA executive director Allen Kagina to present a comprehensive report on staff recruitment and restructuring process for review, as part of the investigation.    

Comments

-3 #11 Mumonkey 2019-06-27 18:12
Unfortunately, every regime has done the same. I think I'd do the same.

Look at the President of America. They l do the same. This sort of practice embeds your type in an institution for years and years until retirement and then the same breed is being recruited meanwhile. It's a form of financial and political security. Long live Uganda.
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+1 #12 rubangakene 2019-06-27 23:16
In Uganda, nepotism is so endemic. Look at Obote 1(Akena Adoko), Amin, Prof. Lule, Obote 2, Tito Lutwa and now the problem is even worse.

This talk of "wan keken", "now we are 'fattening' together" and so on must stop if we are to have an equitable society where merits are given where they are due, otherwise we shall "have houseboys and house girls " promoted to important positions to the detriment of Uganda!
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+1 #13 ED 2019-06-28 17:23
These ones are the worst people I have ever seen(the tribalism and nepotism is too much). They want everything good for themselves alone.

I know pne of them in UNRA who stopped around Senior 2 but he's one of the top people at UNRA. He is not a Ugandan because I know the sister, who happens to be a judge but she's not Ugandan.

So, she hooked the brother up in UNRA and he's quite wealthy but poor academically. Most of them are not learnt, if we hired and scrutinised most them them academically, the country would be in shock.

UNRA, just like URA is full of them, they should just remove the U and replace it with an R. What hurts is that these people are actually not Ugandans.
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+1 #14 Lakwena 2019-07-01 11:27
Quoting ED:
These ones are the worst people I have ever seen(the tribalism and nepotism is too much). They want everything good for themselves alone. ...


In other words ED, blood is thicker than water. These guys and girls are here to ruthlessly loot our country!

E.g. bordering a racist supremacist, I met one of Gen Kayihura's recruit (a police top bras) last Sunday, who bragged that actually "they" come from the Horn of Africa!

No wonder we have an unrestrained and unprecedented influx of Ethiopians, Eritreans and Somali into Uganda.
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0 #15 Odongkara 2019-07-02 12:40
Quoting ED:
These ones are the worst people I have ever seen(the tribalism and nepotism is too much). They want everything good for themselves alone.

I know pne of them in UNRA who stopped around Senior 2 but he's one of the top people at UNRA. He is not a Ugandan because I know the sister, who happens to be a judge but she's not Ugandan.

So, she hooked the brother up in UNRA and he's quite wealthy but poor academically. Most of them are not learnt, if we hired and scrutinised most them them academically, the country would be in shock.

UNRA, just like URA is full of them, they should just remove the U and replace it with an R. What hurts is that these people are actually not Ugandans.

What next is the question because everyone knows that truth.
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0 #16 Odongkara 2019-07-02 12:43
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words, seeing is believing. With due respect to the few honest and qualified Banyakole; these are dressed up, good for nothing appointees.

E.g., look at the shabbiness in UTL, Bank of Uganda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNRA, etc., they stink of corruption in the high heavens.

Contrary to what one time Gen Aronda, in defense of fast track promotion in the UPDF, said that: the "Banyakole are the most qualified".

My foot, it now appears, from the head of state to the multiple Statutory Authorities, ostensibly created to employ and pay themselves fat checks as CEOs; they are the most incompetent, (dishonest/unqualified).

Hence the widespread and unstoppable corruption

Most qualified to die or what did he mean?
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0 #17 Odongkara 2019-07-02 12:49
The most interesting and relevant part of Orwell’s literary effort for Uganda today is the part where the ruling class (pigs) throw out all pretense of equality of the animals and start out on a path to distinguish themselves from the rest.
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