Friday January 24 2014

I’ll quit if found guilty - Mandy

Mr Fagil Mandy addresses journalists at the Media Centre

Mr Fagil Mandy addresses journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Rachel Mabala 

By Patience Ahimbisibwe

Kampala- The Uganda National Examinations Board chairman, Mr Fagil Mandy, yesterday said he will not be moved by negative energies in cleaning up the examining body in order to achieve Vision 2040.
Addressing journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala yesterday, Mr Mandy also explained that he would step down if asked to allow investigations by the Inspector General of Government following allegations that he had flouted the procedures in recruiting a new executive secretary to replace Mr Mathew Bukenya.
Appealing to the IGG to speed up her process to avoid more delays at Uneb, Mr Mandy urged that the masterminds behind releasing the IGG letter to the public was to tarnish his name.

He explained that the IGG letter addressed to the Education Minister, Ms Jessica Alupo, had three people copied in; the Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Ms Rose Lukwago, Mr Bukenya and himself. He therefore didn’t find reason it should have gone to the public before the investigations.

“My efforts as chairman of the board to ensure that Uneb speeds and somersaults into vision 2040 will not be halted. I have now more resolve since I see some of the negative forces exposing their faces and souls,” Mr Mandy said.

“If I am requested to step down to allow investigations, I will but this will be a waste of time because these are simple matters to be investigated. There is nothing personal. It is only that the country will lose.”

His remarks come a day after Mr Bukenya disowned his statements that they had flown in a technician from South Africa to repair scanners which had stopped working thus causing panic at the secretariat.
“The top official quoted gave wrong information and was not speaking on behalf of Uneb. Technically, the optical mark reader used by Uneb cannot crash. The information attributed to the official was a figment of his or her imagination,” reads part of Mr Bukenya’s statement.

Mr Mandy wasn’t sure though, when the Primary Leaving Examination results, which were expected on January 30, will be released after the body suffered another technical hitch in less than a month before completing the marking and compiling of the results.

He was non-committal on whether there is power struggle at Uneb but was fast to add “this is a top job in the country paying Shs17 million per month, gives a free car, house, bodyguard and medical service,” he said.