I have read postings about the rejection to appoint Mr. Pius Bigirimana on the UMEME Board by some shareholders during an annual General Meeting.
I observe that some people are unknowingly happy with this decision with a thought that it is as innocent as it is being presented.
All over the world there exists highly organised secret societies commonly known as Mafias. Mafias can kill someone and cry loudest; they will even ensure a decent burial of their victim and offer financial support to the family of the deceased. Mafias can ensure people make a “democratic” decision on any matter based on wrong beliefs.
One of the things we need to know about Bigirimana is that he is brilliant, courageous and very assertive in pursuit of his beliefs. He is also a man of experience and influence so much that people with wrong and hidden intentions or agendas in their dealings will find it very difficult to work with him because he will easily discover them and provide remedy.
Bigirimana may be faulted by certain circles but the workers of Uganda especially those who save with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) should recognise and stand with him at a time such as this.
He is a victim of persecution orchestrated by persons that harbour hatred against him especially due to his stand in defending workers’ position against the liberalisation of NSSF among others. Workers of Uganda should not be tempted to condemn Bigirimana.
What is presented as a problem in this matter is not actually the problem. Bigirimana means very well and besides he is the choice of the social partners under the tripartite in NSSF. He is representing an interest of the majority shareholder. Other shareholders completely have no right to reject him.
It is unethical in business for the other shareholders to do so and we can’t take it lightly because next time they may do something worse than this thereby jeopardising the interests of NSSF.
This position MUST be reversed and Bigirimana appointed to represent the tripartite as so determined by NSSF. Failure to do may really complicate business in UMEME and no one should downplay this matter.
Mr. Wilson Owere is the Chairman General of the National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU).