Rulindo District has overturned its recent directive prohibiting staff from carrying food and eating it from office.
Dtristc authorities said in another memo that it did not ban district employees from taking and eating food from their work places, but rather a notice to improve hygiene at work.
The previous memo issued on November 13 read: “I write this letter to let you know that bringing food stuff in offices is prohibited. Failure to respect this directive will be considered as indiscipline.”
Staff fiercely fought the directive.
Rulindo District Executive Secretary, Godfrey Muhanguzi, who had issued the directive, said that the memo had been misinterpreted and condemned the staff for sharing it with the public.
He said it was even not necessary to share it on social media.
Meanwhile, he said the district has contracted a restaurant to provide district staff with tea, water, and other beverages.
However, Muhanguzi insisted that office is not meant to be a place for having meals. He said that workers are allowed to bring meals, but use designated places, “because serving citizens is a priority, the they should not come to office and find the one who was supposed to offer them a given service is eating. It looks unprofessional, he said.
“Let us assume that you are a citizen from Rulindo District who is coming to look for a service at the district office and find me eating in office. What interpretation can you get from there? Do I respect or disrespect you? But you can take 15 minutes and go to a certain room and do what you want to do and get back to work,” he said.
The Ministry of Local Government clarified that banning food is wrong, instead people should be allowed to bring food, and consume it from designated places.
It said prohibiting staff from bringing food is not acceptable.