The board of the National Water Sewerage Corporation (NSWC) has approved a plan to restructure the internal staff as it enters a phase of expansion countrywide.
The exercise started with the head office where the corporation has confirmed 70 staff following probation and a rigorous appraisal exercise. The staff confirmed by the board and management include three deputy managing directors, six directors, 13 senior managers, 20 managers and 28 principal officers.
Speaking at the bi-annual staff appraisal at the NWSC training centre on Thursday, Dr Silver Mugisha, the managing director said managerial positions are going to be declared vacant and the current job holders will have to re-apply for the jobs with people who are interested from outside.
This same process is going to be replicated in Kampala Water where serving managers will be asked to re-apply for their positions in order to re-commit to serve the corporation and its customers to ensure the achievement of the Strategic Direction 2013-2018. The sitting managers will not be laid off while being appraised for their positions.
“You should take this very seriously. Last week the board subjected the two deputy managing directors and senior managers to the same processes," he said.
He added that the exercise is for the good of the employees because it will re-energize them to serve the corporation diligently with the view of enabling the corporation achieve its strategic vision which was launched in 2013.
NWSC has an estimated workforce of close to 2,500 employees all over the country.
Since its establishment in 1973, NWSC which is mandated to provide clean and safe piped water and sewerage services, has been present in only 23 districts until 2013 when a new board and management took over the operations of the corporation.
In just two years of office, the new board and management have steered the corporation to extend services to 107 towns which according to Mr Mugisha requires a dedicated workforce to man the new offices where the corporation has established presence.
During the same event, the corporation recognized and rewarded the best performing employees and office branches with both cash and token prizes. Last week, NWSC promoted 70 senior managers and dismissed 17 staff over fraud. According to Dr. Mugisha, the board will not tolerate any form of corruption.