Wednesday April 11 2012

Thousands line up for city jobs

By Robert Mwanje

More than 1,800 applicants yesterday thronged Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) headquarters in Kampala to submit their letters for jobs advertised last week.

According to KCCA director of Human Resource Jennifer Kagwa, the first phase will only consider about 100 applicants according to the new employment structure.

“The first phase has 41 main-rolls and other relevant officers. In total we expect to consider about 100 people at this stage,” Ms Kagwa said at City Hall yesterday.

She said the authority will employ about 1,000 people in total after the completion of all the five recruitment phases in September.

Due to the influx of job seekers, three application receiving centres were opened at City Hall gardens.
Last month, the Ministry of Public Service approved a new KCCA employment structure bearing 1,200 staff, including permanent and support staff.

City Executive Director Jennifer Musisi said interviews are expected to start this month and all the current office bearers will be subjected to fresh interviews.

She said unsuccessful former staff will be given their retirement packages.

Last month, former KCC staff petitioned court and Parliament to halt the exercise.

Uganda’s unemployment rate is at more than 80 per cent.