A corruption probe against the managing director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Richard Byarugaba will start tomorrow.
The Board of Directors announced that they will be implementing the presidential directive and investigate Byarugaba over the allegations of abuse of Office and Corruption.
NSSF Board Chairman Peter Kimbowa, said from the investigations, they will take the next step on appointing a new manager or reappointing Byarugaba.
“In due course, NSSF members and the public will be informed of the outcome of the due diligence exercise, and subsequent appointment of a managing director,” he said.
The development follows Gender Minister Betty Amongi’s refusal to renew Byarugaba’s contract over corruption, misuse of office and clocking the retirement age
The Board had recommende Byarugaba’s reappointment but Amongi said to the she had received dozens of petitions from individual workers and groups of workers who were concerned about Byarugaba’s management style and opposed his reappointment.
Amongi said that the investigations must be concluded in two months.
Byarugaba’s contract expired at the end of November just after the expiry of his former Deputy Patrick Ayota’s which has since been renewed.
On the basis of the NSSF endorsement and a presidential directive for the same, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja asked Amongi to proceed with the appointment “as recommended by the Board to avoid any managerial gaps which can put the workers’ funds at risk”.
However, the minister has since protested the move and instead called for an investigation into the former MD’s conduct while at the fund, accusing him of abuse of office and mismanagement of the entity’s investments, among other issues.
However, Usher Wilson Owere, the chairman of the National Organisation of Trade Unions, one of the constituent members of the NSSF Board, says instead, that the Minister should be probed over her undue interventions in the daily operations of the Fund.
He says she called the organisations to write petitions alleging corruption and other issues against Byarugaba, with the motive of failing his reappointment, especially for allegedly refusing to grant her request for 6 billion Shillings from the NSSF for her official activities