UCC and BC merger leaves many jobless

Tuesday December 15 2015

By Dorothy Nakaweesi

Kampala
The merger between Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the Broadcasting Council (BC) has left a number of people without jobs, and retired many.

An inside source, who preferred anonymity because he is not mandated to speak on behalf of UCC, said that about 50 people have been affected by the restructuring. Those affected include top directors and others of lower ranks.

However, the acting director of the BC, Mr Fred Otunnu who confirmed the restructuring, said about only 20 people have been laid off in the changes.

“Yes there was job evaluation and restructuring at UCC, a process which started 3 or 4 months ago. This was due to the fact that UCC was merged with BC,” Otunnu explained.

Reforms
Because of the reforms which led to a review of the communication’s policy aimed at aligning the sector to meet the emerging challenges and opportunities, UCC and BC were officially merged into one regulatory body under the Uganda Communications Commission Act, 2013. Otunnu said because of this merger there was need to reorganise the commission.

He added that a management consultancy firm, Deloitte Kenya, was assigned to undertake this duty about three months ago.
“After it completed its assignment, a new structure was recommended which has seen some people lose their jobs as a result of the reorganisation,” he said.
However, Otunnu said, the restructuring also created new vacancies.

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“…. and announcements calling for people to apply for these vaccancies will be placed in the media soon,” he added.
Asked why restructuring called for a reduction in the manpower and at the same time created new vacancies, Otunnu said: “Some of these vacant positions were filled by people who had reached their retirement age and were also retired, thus the creation of new vacant positions.”

New roles
Mr Godfrey Mutabazi under the new structure will head the commission. Mr Fred Otunnu, who has been acting as director BC, is yet to take up the new role of director corporate affairs for the Commission.

The restructuring has led to the creation of seven new departments, each to be headed by a director. The departments are legal affairs, human resources and administration, finance, rural communication development affairs, industry and content affairs, internal audit, engineering, infrastructure and communication services and corporate affairs.

dnakaweesi@ug.nationmedia.com

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