Senate concerned as unfair job recruitment in public service persists

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 24 March 2017 saa 09:36
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The senatorial commission in charge of human rights and citizens welfare has expressed despair as unfairness challenges in recruitment of public servants linger on.

Government institutions have been accused of recruiting incompetent and then mishandling personnel among other poor industrial relations practices.

The issue was raised again this week as the Senatorial Commission for human rights and social welfare presented the analysis report on the matter to the senate in which it explained that the challenges do persist.

From 2012 to 2015, the government lost over Rwf 520 million and USD 17,000 following 75% of lost court cases relating to wrongful dismissal.

The 2015-2016 Public Service Commission survey indicated that 29.1% of Rwandans were not satisfied with the process of job recruitment in government institutions.

Correspondents criticized selection criteria of candidates, delaying to name qualified candidates and bribery among others.

This infuriated senators, wondering when the Ministry in charge will address the matter.

“Citizens are not even promised that at least the matter will have been addressed within two or three years to be satisfied with job recruitment process,” said SenatorSindikubwabo Jean Nepomuscène.

The president of the commission which released the report, Senator Niyongana Gallican said there is little hope in addressing the matter given the ambiguous explanations received from the ministry in charge.

“The Public Service Commission has no timeline of when the problem will be solved,” he said.

Senator Niyongana explained that they are making a study of how recruitment exams will be handed to one body with responsibility of seeking employees for government institutions.