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Workers give Kiwanuka ultimatum to constitute NSSF top management

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Workers’ representatives have given Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka up to August 1 to constitute the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) top management or else they take action.The workers warned that if the minister does not adhere to their demands, she would solely be responsible for whatever steps they take.“We are calling upon all the workers to remain on standby in case dialogue fails, we shall have no option but take action and the minister will take responsibility for this,” said Mr Usher Wilson Owere, the chairman general of National Organisation of Trade Unions’ (Notu) in a statement at the weekend.For about a year now, the NSSF has been operating without top management after the Finance minister directed that all the top positions be aertised so that they are open to qualified candidates.“…the names of people who passed the interviews and were recommended for all the top positions were sent to the minister over two months ago…,” stated Mr Owere.Ms Kiwanuka last week faced hard time in Parliament as she laboured to explain the delayed recruitment of the top managers. She said the two interviews conducted by the Fund’s board and private consultants were “aisory” and that she was still consulting widely before pronouncing herself on the NSSF’s new managing director (MD), deputy MD and corporation secretary.MPs called her statement shallow since it did not capture the disputed procurement of Umeme shares and the alleged recruitment of the IGG’s daughter, Ms Elizabeth Nabakooza. The House has decided to institute a committee to investigates alleged corruption at the Fund. The board approved the appointment of Mr Edgar Agaba as the Fund’s MD, Mr Patrick Ayota as deputy MD and Mr Richard Wabwire as the corporation secretary.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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