Mr. Mukwano Ssenyonjo the coordinator of Peoples Rights and Forum for Development, a forum initiated by ToroDev to increase people’s participation on governance and demand for accountability from leaders the call while appearing live on ToroDev’s supported ‘Listeners’ program’ that is aired live every Sunday 8:00pm-10:00pm on Jubilee radio. Mr. Mukwano requested all stakeholders to increase advocacy through talkshows & physical meetings to sensitize citizens on their roles and the roles of their leaders.
Mr. Mukwano who was in studios together with Ms. Alice Kabagogya from a local NGO, Kabarole Research & Resource Centre discussing a topic; Absenteeism of health workers’, what is the role of the community called for a collective voice as citizens through identifying our challenges and making plans to advocate for them. He said we need to appreciate the outstanding workers in all sectors so as to motivate them and also to encourage others to work hard.
Meanwhile Ms Alice Kabagogya lamented on what the government works are doing on jobs they humbly applied for where absenteeism, moonlighting, corruption, negligence, etc have resulted into the death of some people who come to seek for services especially in health centers. Ms Alice said Ugandans have lost lives due to absenteeism of health workers and if we as citizens have not or do not plan to do anything about absenteeism then we have a gap as monitors of these health workers. She further said that absenteeism is as a result of low and sometimes no monitoring from leaders and she advised citizens to address issues that affect our communities whenever we get chance to meet our leaders other than talking other issues that do not address community problems.
The live discussion on 15th May, 2016 as usual was also attended by Listeners who were given time to call inn and send sms during the discussion; ‘’public servants in Uganda get low remuneration which does not motivate them to be committed to their work hence spending some time in other works in order to supplement their merger earnings from government’’, Said Monica, a caller from Rwengaju, Busoro sub county in Kabarole district, ‘’ monitoring and supervision of workers is very important in government entities and our leaders should immediately initiate and be exemplary’’, said Edgar Mugenyi a caller from Kyegegwa district.
The 2 hours live discussion program was moderated by Mr. Mukonyezi Wilfred Abooki for Jubilee radio.
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