Panic as over 400 IGG staff are told to reapply for jobs

Irene Mulyagonja IGG

Over 400 employees of the Inspectorate of Government (IG) are to reapply for their jobs in a major restructuring currently underway at the institution, the Ugandanz News website has learned.

The exercise has caused anxiety and panic among the staff of the office of the inspectorate, the agency charged with fighting corruption and abuse of office in public service.

Without divulging details, an officer who spoke to Ugandanz News Website on condition of anonymity, said workers whose contracts have expired are now being rehired on short-term contracts of six months, instead of the previous four-year contracts.

Ugandanz News Website has learned that the inspectorate has 432 employees. Contacted yesterday, the Inspectorate of Government spokesperson, Ali Munira, confirmed that restructuring is underway at the institution based on recommendations made by a consultant.

The process is expected to be completed before the new financial year in July. We are all set to undergo person- job-fit assessment,” Munira said.

She said the restructuring process started in 2015 when the consultant was hired to make recommendations, aimed at improving performance.

Munira said this was after it was discovered that the current structure was not delivering as expected. She said by the end of the process, the inspectorate will have a new organization structure, new job descriptions for each employee, a new performance appraisal system and a new salary structure.

She allayed fears that some people will lose their jobs, saying it is hoped that every employee currently at the inspectorate will fit into the new structure.

“The current structure has 432 people there will be 523 employees. So, there will be more employees under the new structure,” Munira insisted.

She also denied reports that the restructuring has prompted some officers to quit the institution.

“When 35 people leave in five years, is that a big number?” she asked.

The inspectorate is headed by the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Justice Irene Mulyagonja, who is supposed to return to the Judiciary mid-this year as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

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Lukwago Joseph grew up in a newspaper family, and rumor has it that instead of playing the guitar in his infancy, his parents put a reporter’s notebook and a pen next to him shortly after he turned born eight years. Before becoming editor of UGANDANZ, Lukwago was a parliament news editor for WBS TV. He joined UGANDANZ in July 2018, A few months after the company launched. Lukwago also spent five years as a freelance reporter, where he covered reporting for the highest bidder, intelligence, foreign policy, and Ugandan police. Lukwago graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism and worked on his college newspaper.