The events surrounding the reappointment of former managing director of NSSF Richard Byarugaba have pulled back the veil on the politics in appointments to government positions. But what remains unanswered is why the re-appointment has failed to date even after the guidance of the president and the prime minister.
A lot of dirt continues to be unearthed by the Parliament Select committee instituted to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the National Social Security Fund as all witnesses pin each other.
First, it was the surprising whistle blower whose information pinned then managing director Richard Byarugaba allegedly for corruption, revealing that the workers representative on the Board Sam Lyomoki also appointed himself on the top decision making table.
Job Richard Matua has never and is not a staff of NSSF but just a whistleblower equipped with information. How did he get equipped?
The minister is at loggerheads with his former staff Richard Byarugaba pinned by the whistle blower over interference, corruption and delayed decision-making. So we ask, is Matua a whistle blower or an agent to the supervising minister and where does his interest lie and to whom does he owe loyalty?
Mwine Mpaka: “So you wrote to the minister and she gave you even the board members resolution?
Matua: “I wrote Mr.Chair and Hon.Betty Amongi Ongom gave me all the documents l requested for.
Masabà Karim: “Can you give us the letter you wrote and the response of the minister?”
Matua: “You know those documents are very critical, l don’t have it (them) here.”
Mpaka: “Would you bring it, if we gave you hours?
Matua: “Mr.Chair, it’s in Matuga.”
Mpaka: “Can you bring it before end of the day?”
Matua: “Chairman, by the way, l cam here but am sick.”
Areas of contradiction include the now infamous shillings 6 billion minister Amongi requested for, the shillings 400 billion for land purchases, the controversial reappointment of former MD Richard Byarugaba, the one year reappointment of Patrick Ayota the deputy managing director, disbursement of workers savings to workers unions, absence of workers house land title among others.
The parliamentary probe aims to untangle all these complex issues while answering the most pertinent question any lifelong saver in the fund wants answered: Are the saver’s funds safe?