KABALE. In a bid to address the growing tendency of civil servants reporting late for duty, which has bogged down service delivery at local government level, about 100 employees of Kabale District local government were on Thursday denied access to their offices.
The chief administrative officer, Mr Abert Mutungwire, turned away the government employees on grounds of late coming, a case he said contravenes the Public Service standing orders on the time civil servants are required to report for duty daily.
He asked them to vacate the work premises and remain home until they refresh themselves on what is expected of them.
Mr Mutungwire physically manned the administration block main gate and by 9am, less than 20 out of 130 employees of Kabale District local government stationed at the district headquarters had reported for duty. Civil servants are required to report for work at 9.00am and leave at 5pm.
“This is the third time I am conducting this operation of cracking down on late comers and after compiling my report, the habitual offenders shall face serious disciplinary action,” Mr Mutungwire warned.
“Civil servants are employed to offer timely services to the people. Late coming by civil servants denies people the access to timely services and this shall not be tolerated,” he added.
Mr Mutungwire announced that they would soon launch the district integrity forum that will specifically handle civil servants work ethics.
The forum will hold regular meetings to remind civil servants of the standing orders and code of conduct while executing public duties.
The Kabale District chairman, Mr Patrick Besigye Keihwa, hailed Mr Mutungwire for being exemplary in time management, adding that they have initiated arrangements to award civil servants who report early to their offices as a way of motivating them.
The chairman of LC3 chairpersons in Kabale District, Mr Enock Kazooba, asked the chief administrative officer to extend such operations to the sub-counties because the situation is worse as some civil servants report for duty as late as 10am.