Agaba leads race to be the next NSSF top boss



Managing Director Totals out of 100Edgar Gerald Agaba 83Joseph Sserwanga Kitamirike 74Richard Byarugaba 68Kolade Ogunisulire 64David Ogong 62

Former Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority Executive Director Edgar Agaba is leading the race to become the next NSSF managing director after winning two interviews conducted by the Fund’s board and private consultants.

According to results contained in the report prepared by PriceWaterHouse Coopers (PWC), Mr Agaba, a city lawyer, scored 84 per cent in the final round of interviews conducted by the NSSF board on May 26, beating other two contenders, Mr Joseph Kitamirike (74 per cent) and the outgoing Fund Managing Director, Mr Richard Byarugaba, who emerged third with 68 per cent.

Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka last year directed that all executive positions at NSSF be aertised internationally, including the coveted posts of managing director, deputy managing director and corporation secretary, that affected the holders of the three positions – Mr Byarugaba, Ms Geraldine Ssali and Mr David Nambale.

Mr Byarugaba and Mr Nambale left NSSF on December 31, 2013, after their terms expired. Ms Ssali has been holding the position of managing director in acting capacity as the board concludes the search.

In ordering the process, Ms Kiwanuka then invoked an ongoing investigation by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to block substantive renewal of job contracts for the senior managers at the Workers’ Fund. The IGG, Ms Irene Mulyagonja, has since released her report, partly recommending disciplinary action against Mr Byarugaba and Mr Nambale, and absolving Ms Ssali of any wrong doing.

How interviews were doneThe NSSF board sourced PriceWaterHouseCoopers Ltd to manage the recruitment process, with Mr Agaba also emerging the best candidate in the consultant’s report, after he scored 82 per cent.

Mr Kitamirike came second with 76 per cent in PWC interviews, while in board interviews, he scored 72. Mr Byarugaba scored 76 per cent in the consultants’ process, but got 68 per cent before the board. Others – Mr David Ogong scored 72 in PWC and 62 per cent in board interviews, while Mr Kolade Ogunsulire got 58 per cent and 62 per cent before the board respectively.

According to the final interview report, Mr Patrick Ayota has won the race for the position of the NSSF deputy Managing Director after he scored 85 per cent in the final interview before the board. He is followed by Ms Monica Rubombora with 82 per cent, while outgoing Deputy MD Ssali came third with 77 per cent.

For the position of Corporation Secretary, Mr Richard Wejuli Wabwire emerged the best with 86 per cent before the board. Ms Christine Echookit Akello came second with 76 per cent while Ms Dorcas Apita Angom came third with 73 per cent.

Sources close to the recruitment process told the Daily Monitor yesterday that the NSSF Board, chaired by Mr Ivan Kyayonka, was due to meet today to forward names of the successful candidates to the minister for appointment.

Mr Kyayonka yesterday declined to comment about the process, saying it was not yet concluded. “The process is still in progress,” he said, without offering any further comments.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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