By Spy Uganda
Kampala: President Museveni has appointed Sofia Jjuko Nalule as new Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Chairperson, replacing Scandalous Sylvia Muwebwa Nabatanzi Ntambi.
The President also appointed Mr. Ojok Joel as Vice-Chairperson while Denis Tumusime, Zaidi Ibrahim Edema and Sr. Mary Wasagali have been appointed as members of the commission.
“In exercise of the powers vested in the President by Article 32 (3) of the 1995 Constitution and Section 5(1) & (2) of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act, I have appointed persons below as Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Members of the Equal Opportunities Commission, respectively,” the President said in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
“I hereby forward their names and curriculum vitae for parliamentary approval.”
In February this year, Museveni declined to renew Ntambi’s contract.
Her contract expired on 19th January 2021 and she was lobbying quietly to have it renewed as she faced corruption charges and abuse of office at the anti-corruption court.
However, her efforts to have the President renew her contract met a dead end as she was ordered by the Gender Ministry Permanent Secretary Aggrey Kibenge to hand over the office.
In a letter dated February 19, to the Under Secretary Finance and Administration, Equal Opportunities Commission, Mr Kibenge directed that since Ntambi and some of her colleagues’ contract expired and are still waiting for the President’s action on the tenure of the commission on whether to extend its mandate or appoint a new one, it was prudent that the affected individuals handed over the office.
Background Of The Matter
Ms Ntambi, Ms Kamahoro and Mr Mpitsi between January 6, 2019, and April 30, 2019, allegedly conspired to defraud the government of more than Shs9m. Under the charge of abuse of office, Mr Mugabe, Mr Mpitsi and Mr Kwihangana are accused of abusing their authority when they fraudulently processed, requisitioned and approved Shs29m in January last year purportedly for undertaking sensitization programs in Karamoja Sub-region whereas not.
In a separate count, Ms Kamahoro, Mr Mpitsi, and Mr Olwor in December 2018, allegedly processed, requisitioned and approved Shs19m purportedly for the development of the first and second draft of Equal Opportunities Commission HIV/Aids workplace policy, knowing their acts would cause government a financial loss.
However,it should be remembered that DPP later dropped all the charges against Ntambi, though this has not changed Museveni’s opinion about her hence the decline to renew her contract.