Over 3000 job seekers have appeared for aptitude tests in a bid to join Uganda’s Parliamentary Service Commission. This comes two weeks after the interviews were postponed due to computer system failure, the Parliament’s Director of Human Resource Department Jackson Kumakech, said.
“Despite efforts to restart the system and have the candidates sit the assessment, the failure recurred forcing the postponement of the exercise to this week,” Mr Kumakech said.
The recruitment, which will raise the number of parliamentary staff from 435 to 465, was necessitated following the increase in the number of Members of Parliament in the 10th Parliament.
And, speaking about the two-day interviews that have been conducted at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science, Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament, said the Commission wants to fill 30 vacant positions which include Accountant, Clerk Assistant, Engineering Officer (Automotive) and Technician.
Other positions are Administrative Assistant, Assistant Editor of Hansard, Engineering Officer (Mechanical), Information & Public Education Officer, Librarian, Procurement Officer, Protocol Officer, Publications Officer, Research Officer (Publication) and Research Officer (Statistician).
The Parliamentary Commission is charged with appointing, promoting and exercising disciplinary control over persons holding public office in Parliament. It also reviews the terms and conditions of service, standing orders, training and qualifications of persons holding office in Parliament.
The Commission was established by the Administration of Parliament Act, 1997 and is chaired by the Speaker of Parliament. It comprises the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Leader of the Opposition, Government Chief Whip and four Backbench Commissioners.