By Max Patrick Ocaido
Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Mutebile is once again in the eye of the storm after a report pinned him for irregularly recruiting top directors who did not meet the minimum required qualification.
According to the Presidential Tripartite Committee dated February 2019, Mutebile unethically recruited new staff in a massive staff restructuring process that took place on February 7, 2018.
The 10 member Committee led by Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri County MP) that was instituted by President Yoweri Museveni found out that Mutebile flouted laws in the recruitment of top directors and managers.
Among the top managers who were recruited without meeting the minimum academic qualification include; Dr. Twinemanzi Tumubweine, BOU executive director in charge of Bank Supervision. Dr. Tumubweine replaced Justine Bagyenda.
According to Dr. Tumubweine’s personnel file, he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas in Dallas, United States of America (December 2009), Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Texas in Dallas, United States of America(December 2009), Master of Science Degree in Management and Administrative Sciences from the University of Texas in Dallas, United States of America (May 2004) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics and Applied Economics from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (January 1996).
However, the committee in its probe observed that whereas Dr. Tumubweine claims to have obtained a first class degree, he got a pass degree which is below the required minimum qualification for the position of Executive Director in charge of Bank Supervision.
“When Dr. Tumubweine’s academic qualifications were considered alongside the prescribed requirements stipulated by the policy in the Administration Manual, it was found that his first degree was a pass degree. It, therefore, fell below the standard requirement of 1st Class and Upper Second Honours and also below the standard set for exceptional circumstances which is Lower Second Honours degree,” the report says.
The report adds that Dr. Twinemanzi lacked experience in commercial banking as stipulated in the job description for Executive Director Supervision and there was no mention of any working experience relevant to commercial banking in his personal records at the Bank.
Other top bosses who were recruited without meeting minimum academic qualification are; Ruth Kande Sabiiti, Procurement Assurance Manager and Edward Mugerwa, Director IT Operations.
In his response, Mutebile defended the appointments of Dr. Tumubweine and Sabiiti on the grounds that they possess specialized skills which under exceptional circumstances can be approved by the Governor or the Board.
Whereas the committee report did not find it irregular for the BOU Governor to transfer staff or even create new positions, the Governor was faulted for the transfer and replacement of the Chief Internal Auditor without the authority of the Board.
“The decision to transfer the Chief Internal Auditor Ms. Deborah Kabahweza was blatantly irregular and outside the powers of the Governor regardless of whether he was exercising the authority of the Board,” the report says.
Section 3.0(f) of the Internal Audit Charter of the Bank of Uganda specifically reserves the right to remove the Chief Internal Auditor for the Audit and Governance Committee of the Board and even then the removal can only be initiated on the grounds of incompetence, misbehavior or misconduct and inability to perform functions due to sickness of body or mind.
“The Governor could not therefore by any stretch of imagination undertake the transfer of a sitting Chief Internal Auditor even if he was exercising delegated authority of the Board which in the view of the Committee he was not,” the report reads.
Mutebile replaced Kabahweza as Chief Internal Auditor with David Kalyango who was formerly Executive Director in charge of Finance.