The Parliament’s Appointments Committee has today vetted the newly appointed chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission Ms. Safia Jjuko Nalule.
Nalule, who is the MP representing people with disabilities in central region was recently appointed to the position by the President replacing Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi whose tenure expired in January this year.
Other members who were vetted include; Joel Cox Ojok who was reappointed as the vice chairperson of the commission for the second term. The other appointees are Denis Tumusime, Ibrahim Zaidi Edema and Sr Mary Wasagali, all as members of the commission.
President Museveni dropped the controversial chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission Sylvia Ntambi following corruption charges which were leveled against her in 2020.
Ntambi was at one time also in parliament seeking to meet the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga over her contract renewal in the opportunities commission but was unsuccessful.
According to the whistleblower, Ntambi was accused of causing financial loss of over Shs200 million through termination of workers contracts and forcing workers to resign and replacing them with her relatives and friends.
Since she took over the chairperson-ship of the commission, the whistleblower said Mrs Ntambi has unfairly dismissed over 11 staff, terminated over 10 staff contracts, and four contracts have not been renewed. In 2017/ 2018, the Auditor General advised the commission to employ people on permanent contracts however the chairperson declined and this since led to financial losses.
They accused her of directing the collection of Shs100 million which they had approved in the commission meeting and the said money was to be used as kickbacks for individuals who worked hard for passing of the commission budget in 2018/19. However, the Director of Public Prosecution recently dropped all the charges brought against her.