Judiciary kicks out 100 workers

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KAMPALA. The Judiciary has ordered nearly 100 support staff without contracts to leave with immediate effect.
“It has been observed that there are a number of non-established staff whose contracts expired as far as April 2016 but have continued carrying out duties in the various courts. This contradicts the Public Service Establishment Norms and Standards…,” Mr Kagole Kivumbi, the Secretary to the Judiciary, wrote in internal memo on Wednesday.

The internal memo was addressed to registrars, deputy registrars and magistrates for immediate implementation.
“You are, therefore, informed that the persons without valid contracts are no longer staff of the Judiciary. Please ensure that they hand over office and any other government property and vacate court premises with immediate effect without fail,” Mr Kagole added.

However, a source privy to facts behind this development, said the majority of the affected workers were contract staff hired by Public Service Commission but it was later discovered their academic papers were forged and their contracts could not be renewed. The source also revealed that the disposal of the affected staff is aimed at weeding out ghost contract workers who had been recruited at various centres.
“Every person must have a letter and whoever has applied has received hisher letter save those with forged academic papers or the ghosts,” the source said.

“Some of the workers without documents are notorious for demanding money from the unsuspecting public in our courts. That’s why some of us put on name tags while on duty,” the source added. The source said verification of the remaining contract support staff will be carried to weed out the ghosts workers on the payroll.

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