Josephine Ekwang Ali is the acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration. Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Jeje Odong announced Ekwang’s appointment on Friday evening. Ekwang replaces Godfrey Sasaga who was dropped by the President on Wednesday.
She has been the Commissioner Inspection and Legal Services in the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration. Odongo also announced appointment of Wilberforce Ngonde as the Acting Commissioner Immigration, replacing Anthony Namara who was also sacked by the president.
Ngonde has been the Assistant Commissioner Immigration. According to sources, while announcing the changes in a staff meeting at the ministry, Odongo cautioned the staff to desist from “corruption” and being accomplice to “corruption behaviors.”
Museveni fired the two top immigration officers for claiming that they had awarded a lucrative contract, which would include provision of software to connect all border posts to Spanish company Gemalto against Germany firm Veridos.
This calculation, it is alleged was meant to pressurize the German firm to offer kickbacks. Museveni has previously written in favor of contracting Veridos to print the Uganda currency notes. When the two were fired, the president told them to immediately handover office to the Internal Affairs Ministry, Permanent Secretary, Benon Mutambi. Sources said they indeed handed over office on Wednesday evening.
The sacking notice came through the Public Service Head, John Mitala. The two are being investigated by Criminal Investigations Directorate and Inspector General of Government (IGG) for allegedly mishandling visa fees, irregular issuance of passports and other work permits in the directorate.