Uganda’s Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja, has ordered for the sacking of all the staff of Uganda Management Institute (UMI) that were irregularly recruited by its Director General, Dr James Nkata.
Those to be fired are in the category that joined the institute on a temporary appointment before being absorbed into the establishment of UMI irregularly or appointed to non-existent posts.
The Ombudsman also ordered that their jobs be advertised if UMI still needs them.
Located along Jinja Road in Kampala, UMI is the national centre for training, research and consultancy in the field of management and administration.
The recommendations for sacking by the IGG, followed a complaint to her that the director had irregularly recruited 12 staff members with some being his relatives who were appointed to non-established posts without due advertisement, short listing and interviews.
According to the investigations carried out by the IGG under 225 (1) (e) of the Constitution and section 8 (1) (e) of the IGG Act 2002, it was established that Dr Nkata along with the former Human Resource Manager; were involved in flouting the recruitment process.
She said the duo flouted the recruitment process by not involving the Appointments Board and the Governing Council of the institute, a move which she said is contrary to the Human Resource Manual of the institute.
IGG Mulyagonja adds that in doing so, the Director General then facilitated the recruitment of people closer to him including his very own daughter Maggie Nakajubi, who has since left the institute.
His daughter had been recruited on a causal basis to enter data into the students system but left after three months.
The IGG in her recommendations points out Anna Stella Nalumansi, (the accounts assistant) to be fired, explaining that her recruitment was erroneous as she lacked the required qualifications for the job.
Ms Mulyagonja further in her recommendations; warned Dr Nkata to desist from influencing recruitment of employees closely associated with him under the guise of temporary appointment and that this warning should be effected by the chairman of the governing council.
She has also advised that the governing council through the appointments board; take keen interest in matters of recruitment, retention and development of staff and ensure that relevant guidelines are adhered to.