PRESIDENCY MINISTER MILLY BABALANDA SWEEPS UPPC CLEAN, FIRES ALL BOSSES
By Isaac Wandubile
In a Tuesday tweet, Presidency Minister Milly Babalanda proclaimed the purging of all top bosses at Uganda Printing & Publishing Corporation (UPPC) over corruption allegations. The Minister says the purging, which takes immediate effect, is meant to pave way for comprehensive investigations into curious transactions that have been taking place at the Entebbe-based state palastatals which is one of the entities she is charged to oversee as a political supervisor.
Babalanda discloses that some of the officers she has sent home include the Managing Director Prof Tom Davis Wasswa, the internal auditor for failing to raise the red flag over time and the entire board headed by Mzee Kityamuweesi Musubire, a former Personal Assistant to VP Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi. The Company Secretary Morine Nyakato too is equally suspended. Babalanda makes it clear the latest purging, coming at a time the President is dismayed the Corporation isn’t playing its rightful role despite all the support he has been extending to them, relates to “corruption and other irregularities.”
James Tweheyo, a veteran trade unionist and teacher/administrator has been designated to keep running the show at UPPC in the capacity of caretaker Managing Director for the period the multi-pronged investigations will be raging. It’s not clear how long the inquiry, the first of its kind at UPPC, is going to take. Since assuming office just weeks ago, Babalanda has been taking a range of actions and interventions aimed at improving service delivery through the agencies and actors she directly supervises as line Minister.
The down-to-earth Museveni blue-eyed girl has been making countrywide tours to acquaint herself with service delivery-related challenges and has been very emphatic in demanding better from the RDCs who represent the President in districts and lower LGs upcountry. She has interfaced with the Police leadership and DPCs who she insists must deepen mutually beneficial coordination with RDCs. She has equally reached out and had productive engagement with the leadership of the judiciary at different levels because Magistrates and other judicial officers based upcountry play critical roles in ensuring that service delivery to the citizens is not disrupted.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).