KAMPALA – President Museveni can fire the Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi following her current trial before the anti-corruptioncourt, the Solicitor General has said.
In a December 2 letter to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Mr. H. Tukamushaba, writing on behalf of the Solicitor General advises the ministry to bring the matter to the attention of Gender Minister Frank Tumwebaze who will in turn inform the President for the final decision.
“Ms Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi is not appointed by the Public Service Commission but by the President, who also has the authority to revoke her appointment according to Section 6 of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act,” Mr. Tukamushabe wrote on behalf of the Solicitor General in the letter to the PS Gender.
Last month, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Aggrey David Kibenge wrote to the Solicitor General, seeking advice on the interdiction of troubled Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson (EOC), Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi.
The November 9, 2020 letter, the Permanent Secretary wants the Solicitor General who is the official government legal advisor to guide on the interdiction of Presidential appointees, such as the Chairperson of the EOC.
Ms Ntambi has also been committed to High Court for trial on accusations of corruption and mismanagement of millions of taxpayers’ money.
She is jointly accused with the nine former employees of the commission who were interdicted after they were charged last year and were released on bail pending trial.
The nine include former senior personal secretary to the chairperson, Ms Agnes Enid Kamahoro, Moses Mugabe (senior monitoring evaluation officer), Harriet Byangire (senior accountant), Ronnie Kwesiga (Acting accounts assistant), Evans Jjemba (Principal Compliance officer), Manasseh Kwihangana (senior compliance officer), Sarah Nassanga (office attendant) and Sunday Nicholas Olwor.
Under public service standing orders, an official charged before court is supposed to be interdicted.