By Mulengera Reporters
The top political and technical leadership at the Lands Ministry recently called on Public Service to assess the suitability of a number of senior technocrats for elevation to higher positions. And this being their Constitutional mandate, Public Service acted as requested.
But shockingly at the end of the rigorous assessment exercise, majority were proclaimed UNSUITABLE for promotion to the positions the Ministry leadership was proposing for each one of them.
“With exception of Chief Government Valuer Gilbert Kerimundu and Uganda Land Commission Ag Secretary Robert Nyombi and a few others, the rest were found to be inadequately qualified and experienced. The new position that the Public Service Ministry communicated back to the Lands Ministry was that the positions must be advertised for outsiders to compete for them so that the best wins,” a knowledgeable source told Mulengera News.
The same source added the assessment results were so embarrassing and unexpected that some people want a meeting with the President to share with him about the personnel crisis at the all-important Lands Ministry.
It’s expected that getting elevated to Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner will increase the chances for Nyombi (who is now mere Principal Officer) to eventually being appointed substantive Secretary for ULC and later on the pioneer ED for a very powerful lands Authority Museveni plans to elevate the ULC into.
As previously reported on this news website, this is supposed to be one of the key recommendations in the Bamugemereire land inquiry report and it’s one of the recommendations Museveni (who publicly remains unhappy with the way CA and the 1995 Constitution addressed land) will be ready to implement immediately.
The lucrative Authority will merge mandates currently being handled by NFA, NEMA, NWSC and to an extent KCCA. Museveni hopes that will also make it possible to overcome land acquisition challenges for government major public works projects like roads and other infrastructure. (For comments, call, text or whatsapp us on 0703164755 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).