Former EC Boss Eng. Badru Kiggundu Appointed NWSC Board Chairperson

Former EC Boss Eng. Badru Kiggundu Appointed NWSC Board Chairperson

By Spy Uganda

Kampala: Former Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Eng Badru Kiggundu, has been appointed the Chairperson Board of Directors, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

State Minister for ICT Peter Ogwang, while addressing the media on Friday, said that cabinet sitting on Monday had resolved to appoint Eng Kiggundu as chairperson of the Board. Eng Kiggundu replaces Dr Eng Christopher Ebal as Board chairperson, whose term of office has expired.

Ogwang said the decision to appoint Kiggundu was agreed upon during a cabinet meeting at State House Entebbe on Monday last week, adding that  the former Speaker of the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA),Dan Kidega, was also approved as a member of the NWSC board.

Meanwhile, Minister Ogwang said that cabinet has also approved the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 that will soon be brought to Parliament for debate.

The objective of the Bill, among others, is to provide for additional functions of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), to increase funds allocated to the authority from 0.3% to 0.7% of the revenue received from generated electrical energy.

Who Is Badru Kiggundu

Kiggundu is a civil engineer, academic and consultant, who also serves as the chairman of the presidential select committee responsible for the supervision of the successful completion of both Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station and Karuma Hydroelectric Power Station

For a period of six years, from 1971 until 1977, Badru Kiggundu served as an engineer and executive with the National Housing and Construction Company, a government parastatal company, where he was responsible for road construction.

After completing his doctoral studies in 1981, he was hired by the University of New Mexico as a research scientist, working in that capacity for six years. In 1987, Auburn University in Alabama, hired him as a research program manager and Assistant Professor in civil engineering. He worked in that capacity until 1988, when he returned to Uganda.

In 1991, Makerere University, hired him as a member of the academic staff in the department of civil engineering. In 1993, he rose to the rank of head of department. From 1999 until 2002, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Technology. He left Makerere in 2002 at the rank of Associate Professor.

During the fourteen years that Kiggundu spent at the helm of Uganda Electoral Commission, the Commission oversaw three general elections, in 2006, 2011 and 2016. In 2006 and 2016, the presidential election results were challenged in Uganda’s Supreme Court, but in both cases, the Court ruled in favor of the incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni.

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