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Kwania job applicants petition NIRA over alleged irregularities, call for fresh recruitment

20 April 2024, 1:02 pm

By Radio Apac

A section of job applicants in Kwania district have petitioned the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) over alleged gross misconduct and irregularities in the just concluded recruitment process in the district.

On 28th February 2024, Head of Recruitment NIRA advertised vacant positions for 10,594 Registration Assistants, data processors 767 positions, Communication Assistant and Research Assistant among positions, in a countrywide exercise aimed at recruiting personnel to conduct National ID replacement.

However, in Kwania district, a section of job applicants have petitioned the NIRA Executive Director through its head of Recruitment accusing Kwania District Mass Enrollment and Renewal Coordination Committees of biasness and corruption.

The petitioners in their letter dated 15th April 2024, copied to Head of Human Resource NIRA, State House Anti-Corruption Unit, Kwania Resident District Commissioner and Chief Administration Officer Kwania alleges that the recruitment that was conducted by the recruitment team (Kwania District Mass Enrollment and Renewal Coordination Committees was marred by gross misconduct and irregularities.

According to the lead petitioner Emmanuel Atim, the recruitment that was conducted on 13th April 2024 at the Office of the Electoral Commission in Kwania was illegal, fraudulently and maliciously conducted.

The petitioner’s further claim that the names of the shortlisted applicants were not displayed after the first recruitment, a number of candidates who did not apply for the job were interviewed and applicants without the required documents were successfully verified among other complaints.

The petitioners now want the NIRA officials to nullify and conduct fresh recruitment.

Cavin Adoko, a resident of Telela central in Akali Sub County, one of the job applicants said several candidates who did not apply for the job were interviewed and the recruitment committee chaired by Herimos Odongo, the former town Clerk of Aduku town council received bribes from the job applicants, a claim our reporter could not independently verify.

Odongo Herimos denied the allegation, saying the recruitment process was very transparent.

Osborn Mushabe, the public relations officer NIRA in his comment via Whatsapp message said they haven’t received the complaint.

However, Arikwanga Richard Noon, Kwania Resident District Commissioner acknowledged the receipt of the copy of the petition. He said the matter will be investigated.