The board of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has appointed Dr Silver Mugisha as the new managing director, the Daily Monitor can reveal.
Dr Mugisha, the former chief manager Institutional Development and External Services at the corporation beat his closet rival, Mr Alex Gisagara, to take the coveted job after months of tight rope pulling. Mr Gisagara, also chief engineer at NWSC, has been acting in the position since the exit of William Muhairwe in 2011.
The NWSC board chairman, Mr Chris Ebal, appointed late last month following the expulsion of William Okecho, however, refused to comment on the matter yesterday when contacted. “I have to first consult with the public relations office before I can tell you anything,” he said.
However, this newspaper understands that Water minister Ephraim Kamuntu tasked the new board chair to submit the two frontrunners for the job to a psychometric tests. The long search for the new MD started in 2012 with at least six candidates shortlisted, but the heated battle was between Mr Gisagara and Dr Mugisha.
Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja, however, early this year halted the appointment process after allegations of external political pressure emerged.
The IGG in her findings released last month, cited gross irregularities and recommended that the entire appointment process be repeated. Attempts to get comment from Dr Mugisha were futile by press time, but sources privy to the selection process intimated that, he “had even received his appointment letter.”