Saturday January 11 2014

Search for new NSSF bosses commences


Kampala- A search process to fill several coveted positions at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has started.

The multinational professional consultancy firm, PriceWaterHouse Coopers, [PWC] has put out notices for the jobs, including managing director, deputy managing director and corporation secretary.

The development follows the exit of the MD, Mr Richard Byarugaba, whose contract expired late last month and company secretary, Mr David Nambale.

Ms Geraldine Ssali, the deputy MD, whose contract runs outs in March, was appointed to serve in the interim as managing director to avoid a leadership vacuum.

Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka, last year directed that all executive posts at NSSF be advertised internationally to have a new team in place.

The move came on the heels of investigations launched by the IGG, Ms Irene Mulyagonja, against top officials accused of mismanagement, abuse of office and fraudulent transactions, contained in a dossier from a whistleblower.

The minister wrote on July 4, 2013, to NSSF board chairman Ivan Kyayonka, noting that “in light of the ongoing investigations by the Inspectorate of Government, there is maximum transparency in recruitment process”.

She also noted that the Fund worth Shs3 trillion is the financial elephant in town and requires the most transparent process to manage it in light of ongoing investigation of top officials.
The Fund between 2002 and 2008 alone, had hired and fired four managing directors. Mr Byarugaba, 52, who told this newspaper he would “reapply for the job”, was first hired in the position in 2010.

Applications will be received until January 24.
IGG spokesperson Ali Munira said investigations are ongoing and the departure of the officials investigated will not affect the process.