WAKISO: Wakiso District Chief Administrative Officer, Mr Luke Lokuda has interdicted the Wakiso Town Clerk, Cox Moses Ssempebwa over alleged misconduct and abuse of office. Mr Ssempwebwa was interdicted alongside two health workers including Gladys Namande, a nursing assistant and Sarah Namujju, an enrolled nurse, both attached to Kasangati Health Centre IV.
The duo is accused of gross neglect of duty which led to the death of one person who had been admitted to the emergency unit at the health centre.
According to the interdiction letter dated July 20 2017, which was handed to Mr. Ssempebwa last week , a copy of which Daily Monitor has seen ,he was interdicted after a number of employees at the town council petitioned the Chief Administrative Officer’s office complaining about his poor management style they says has created a hostile working environment and scared off workers from duty.
Another reason for his interdiction, Ssempebwa reportedly demonstrated insubordination by out rightly rejecting Mr Paul Bingi whom Mr Lokuda had deployed to Wakiso Town Council.
“…You rejected him and wrote on the posting instructions I had issued ‘not accepted’ and threw it into Mr Bingi’s face which ordered him to take it back to the author. This was the highest level of disobedience of lawful orders and insubordination that I least expected of an officer of your rank,” said Lokuda.
Mr Ssempebwa is also faulted for presiding over irregular appointment of staff in Wakiso Town Council without authority from the CAO’s office even when he was aware that the powers to appoint civil servants in the district are vested in the appointing authority, in this case the District Service Commission.
“This act was done outside the recruitment process .You purportedly appointed the following: Rachael Nabukalu as a receptionist, Irene Nabuyondo as an office attendant and Shamim Nabanoba as your personal secretary.
The position of receptionist does not exist in the town council structure .You went ahead and committed government resources on bogus and unauthorized recruitment” Lokuda wrote.
He is also accused of mismanaging Wakiso Town Council Taxi Park which has led to endless strikes in the town as well as commencing road works without seeking guidance from district engineer and failing to submit quarterly progress reports to the CAO. “The seven months of your tour of duty at Wakiso Town Council have, to say the least, have been a period of turmoil, mismanagement of systems, complaints, bitterness from staff and some community members. This is not the way to run government.” he added.
Mr Lukoda said Ssempebwa and the two nurses will earn half pay of their basic salaries during the period of interdiction.