BY GEORGE OKELLO VIA UAH
State House must fall under a government department with a permanent secretary who deals with all management and disciplinary matters in his department. It is truly shocking that an employee takes it upon herself to report suspected criminal conduct or serious misconduct to the police authorities. Are there no management systems, including investigatory and disciplinary procedures in place? Why does it have to be the police or the president to deal with minor administrative matters? I work in the civil service myself and on a daily basis, we get reports of serious failings in NHS hospitals and GP Surgeries. But it is not my job to report these incidents or in fact any incident of a criminal nature to the police. If I did it, I would be sacked on the spot. A few weeks ago, we had an incident where a surgeon removed a patients testes, mistaking them for a gall bladder. Obviously this was serious negligence or even potentially criminally negligence. But it is not the role of my office to deal with criminal matters. We only deal with contract matters.The NHS has a specific office that deals with such matters and it is to that office that we quickly sent the complaint. Museveni’s penchant for micro management has totally destroyed the Ugandan civil service, It can no longer function normally, if at all. A matter that these women are feuding about at State House would normally be resolved by Supervisor or Line Manager as it is so minor it would not even require the attention of the HR or Personnel Manager, let alone the Permanent Secretary, and god forbid, the President. But you have the unbecoming spectacle of a whole President sacking an employee on social media, and threatening her in the process.