The minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MOGLSD) Ms Betty Amongi Ongom has appointed Mr Patrick Ayota as the managing director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
Ayota who has served in the acting capacity of the same position for eight months will has been given a five-year contract.
He has replaced his former Boss, Mr Richard Byarugaba whose contract expired.
The NSSF Board said in the statement that it agreed to Ayota’s appointment.
“The Board agreed that Ayota is the right person for the job having steered it through a challenging period whilst acting as a Managing Director for the last 8 months,” states the Minister’s letter of appointment.
The Worker’s Body later shared in a statement via X (formerly Twitter) confirming the appointment of the former deputy executive director in full capacity at the helm of the body.
“We are pleased to inform the NSSF members, stakeholders, and the public that the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon Betty Amongi has appointed Mr. Patrick M Ayota the Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) for a period of five years effective 18th August 2023”- reads a statement from NSSF.
“He has also served as Deputy Managing Director since December 2017 and Chief Financial Officer since July 2011. The Board is confident that he is the right person to steer the Fund forward at such a critical time following changes in legislation that oblige the Fund to play a leading role in expanding social security coverage to all Ugandans. The Board assures all NSSF members, stakeholders, and the public that their Fund is stable and on course to surpass its 2015-2025 Strategic Objectives,” the statement added.
Ayota’s appointment appears to be the last nail in the former MD Richard Bayrugaba’s case who has for long been at loggerheads with the appointing minister to secure yet another term despite clocking the mandatory retirement age.
The appointment also comes a few days after Byarugaba sought court action to compel the minister to execute his reappointment in the position.
Byarugaba in his period claimed that the minister is biased against him and that her actions are bent on failing his continuation at the helm of the Fund