By Max Patrico Ocaido
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has renewed the contract of its Managing Director Richard Byarugaba. However, the Deputy Managing Director Geraldine Ssali Busulwa whose contract expires this month has been replaced.
According to Head of Marketing and Communications at NSSF, Barbara Teddy Arimi, the new administrative restructuring was announced on Monday by the Ministry of Finance.
"From the communication from the ministry, the contract of the MD [Byarugaba] and the Corporation Secretary [Richard Wabwire] have been renewed. The Deputy MD's [Ssali] has not been renewed," Arimi said in a telephone interview.
Asked why Ssali's contract has not been renewed, Arimi said, "I am not in position to discuss the reasons, but those recommendations were made to the Minister [Matia Kasaija]. But Mr. Patrick Ayota has been appointed as the Deputy MD."
Ayota was the chief finance officer at NSSF. With Ssali's contract expiring on October 29, 2017, Ayota is set to take over office effective October 30, 2017.
Sources say the NSSF board arrived at the decision to terminate Ssali's contract after receiving advice from the board's sub-committee on Staff and Corporate Affairs (SACA). The SACA committee report, largely agreed with a report tabled to it by the NSSF MD Byarugaba- Geraldine's supervisor. After discussing it, the Board anonymously agreed that Ssali's contract should not be renewed.
In a letter dated September 26th, 2017 addressed to the Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija, the NSSF Board Chairman Patrick Byabakama Kabarenge recommended that Ssali be sacked because her performance over the last three years has been just 'good enough'.
The board also noted that, "her character has been abrasive as evidenced by various caution letters in her file and the relationship between her and her Managing Director has been disconcerting and not good to the Funds reputation."