Shadow cabinet wants merit based recruitment of Parliamentary staff

Opposition leaders in Parliament want a review of the recruitment procedures for staff at Parliament to create a system that brings in staff based on merit other than partisan grounds.

This is part of the discussions at the ongoing two-day retreat for members of the Shadow cabinet at Imperial View Hotel, Entebbe.

Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi (L) and Ayivu MP Bernard Atiku during the Shadow cabinet retreat

According to the Shadow Information minister also Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke, the majority of Parliamentary staff are recruited on partisan grounds other than merit.

“When serving opposition politicians, they put out crucial things from our reports, spy on us and leak our secrets. As the opposition, we want parliament to review how it recruits its staff,” Nambooze said.

Opening the retreat, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Aol Ocan decried the low staffing levels as one of the greatest challenges of the opposition leadership in Parliament.

At the beginning of the 10th Parliament, the LOP’s office was elevated to a department which created more job openings which the Parliamentary Commission – the administrative arm of Parliament has not been able to fill.

The Director in charge of LOP’s office Ruth Ekirapa said that they had failed to deploy policy analysts to cover all Parliamentary committees because the office has only 10 policy analysts.