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MASINDI: Whistleblowers in Masindi have been encouraged to report the misconduct of civil servants in the district.

The call was made on Monday during the training on fighting against corruption organized by Alpha Action for Social and Economic Development {AASED}.

Mr. Morish Ogenyi the Organization’s team leader encouraged the whistleblowers to monitor government programs and institutions and also report misconduct of civil servants in order to improve service delivery in the district.

Mr. Ogenyi also highlighted the need to inform and protect the whistleblowers from being threatened by civil servants over poor service delivery.

“We encourage you to always report to police and relevant authorities for action, you should know and understand your rights while executing your duties to avoid conflicts with the civil servants,” he said.

Mr. George Kahiira, the Bikonzi sub county community monitoring group chairperson told the members that they are being threatened by the civil servants when they want to expose their wrong doings, something he said is affecting their work.

‘’One of the medical workers at one of the health centres in Bujenje threatened my sister who was seeking medical services at the facility, when I intervened I was also threatened, it’s affecting our work,’’ he lamented.

Kahiira said the threat to her sister came after he wrote a report on the late arrival of the Bikonzi health III facility staff which he submitted to Masindi NGOs and district authorities for further action.

“Civil servants are threatening to write bad reports about them, this hinders our monitoring and report writing on government programs in our area,” he added.

Mr. Bernabasi Bainomugisha, the Bikonzi Sub County Youth Chairperson wants all elected leaders to support the whistleblowers while denied services by the technocrats.

Mr. John Kabihiirwa the Chairperson LC3 Bikonzi Sub County told civil servants to stop threatening the whistleblowers following up government funds because it is part of social accountability.

He also encouraged the whistleblowers to always report the civil servants threatening them to their immediate supervisors for further disciplinary action.

‘’Corruption is eating up this country, and we need to report all issues on both embezzlement and corruption in our sub counties, all those threatened must come and report to my office or the sub county chiefs office,’’ he said.

The Bikonzi Sub County chief Mr. Naboth Kanyoro told that civil servants have to work with whistleblowers and all stakeholders in a harmonious and transparent manner for easy and close monitoring of government projects in the sub county.

‘’Whistleblowers help us identify gaps in government projects and track services delivery  in the sub county, we even encouraged to work with whistleblowers and all stakeholders very well,’’ he said.

Reporting by Ismail Bategeka and Innocent Atuganyira

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