Recruitment irregularities minimized – PSC’s Muganza

The Executive Secretary of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Angelina Muganza, said yesterday that cases of irregularities in the recruitment public servants have reduced tremendously over the past four years. She made the remarks while speaking during a live televised show yesterday noting that currently, there is transparency in recruitment procedures.
The Executive Secretary of the PSC Angelina Muganza (R) and Jacqueline Kamanzi, the in-charge of conflict management, at a town-hall meeting yesterday. The New Times / John Mbanda.
The Executive Secretary of the PSC Angelina Muganza (R) and Jacqueline Kamanzi, the in-charge of conflict management, at a town-hall meeting yesterday. The New Times / John Mbanda.

The Executive Secretary of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Angelina Muganza, said yesterday that cases of irregularities in the recruitment public servants have reduced tremendously over the past four years.

She made the remarks while speaking during a live televised show yesterday noting that currently, there is transparency in recruitment procedures.

Without revealing figures, Muganza said that several measures including recording job interviews have been put in place by the commission to ensure transparency in the whole exercise.

“As we eliminate recruitment irregularities, we also embark on sensitisation programmes for the heads of public institutions and their human resource managers on the laws and decrees regarding the recruitment and management of staff,” said Muganza.

She, however, dismissed claims that some jobs are dished out before they are advertised.

“Our responsibility is to ensure transparency. That is why we always call on the public to always report suspicious cases so we can investigate them,” she said.

Muganza pointed out that an institution that conducts interviews has to ensure the presence of both audio and visual recordings of the oral interviews and give a copy of the recording to the commission.

Commenting about experience as one of the requirements in the recruitment process, Muganza said that this factor applies to only to individuals seeking leadership and financial management positions.

The head of conflict resolution department at the commission, Jacqueline Kamanzi Masabo, said the majority of the claims filed with the agency relate to evaluation of exam results.

Responding to issues related to ‘positive discrimination’ where females are favoured in some situations, the head of the recruitment unit, Olivier Kanamugire, said that the move is only considered in exceptional cases.

“This affirmative action can only be considered when a woman scores the same points as a male competitor for a certain job; this applies to persons with disabilities as well,” he underscored.

edwin.musoni@newtimes.co.rw

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