By Max Patrick Ocaido
Kampala: David Nahamya has been appointed acting Secretary of National Drug Authority (NDA).
Nahamya who has been working as Director of Inspectorate and Enforcement will replace embattled Authority’s executive Secretary Donna Asiimwe Kusemererwa whom Court ordered to vacate office immediately.
According to Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, the Board chairperson of NDA, the decision to appoint Nahamya follows an extraordinary meeting on Monday.
“We would like to assure the public that the Authority has, through its internal mechanisms as provided by law, been able to fill the management gap and operations are running normally,” Bitekyerezo said in a notice.
“NDA remains committed to the fulfilment of its statutory mandate of ensuring the availability of safe, efficacious and good quality drugs at all times to the population.”
Last week, Court of Appeal dismissed an application in which Kusemererwa had appealed the orders of the High Court amongst which, an injunction was issued restraining her from acting in the position of the Secretary to the Authority.
In 2017, High Court ruled that Kusemererwa’s appointment in 2016 was “unlawful, unjustifiable, null and void.”
Kusemererwa replaced Kate Kikule who served as acting executive director following the sacking of Dr Gordon Sematiko.
NDA was established in 1993 by the National Drug Policy and Authority Statute which in 2000 became the National Drug Policy and Authority (NDP/A) Act, Cap. 206 of the Laws of Uganda (2000 Edition).
The Act established a National Drug Policy and National Drug Authority to ensure the availability, at all times, of essential, efficacious and cost-effective drugs to the entire population of Uganda as a means of providing satisfactory healthcare and safeguarding the appropriate use of drugs.