MPs on the natural resources committee of parliament have demanded that the minister for water and environment Prof Ephraim Kamuntu appears before the committee to explain to it circumstances surrounding the appointment of the managing director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).
The committee observed that much as interviews were conducted and board members identified a suitable person to fill the managing director slot in the corporation three years ago, to date the position is vacant.
Since the expiry of former water boss’ contract in November 2011, the corporation has not got a replacement for Dr. William Muhairwe.
Muhairwe served in the position for a period of 13 years before opting not to renew his contract with the corporation.
A member of the committee Beatrice Anywar says the committee, during its closed meeting at parliament, observed that while the NWSC board of Directors Christine Nandyose Kasirye wrote to the minister on the outcome of the selection after the interviews for Muhairwe’s replacement, the minister has since remained silent.
According to Anywar, the president had also directed that the winner in the interviews Eng. Alex Gisagara be given instruments of power; Kamuntu has since defied the president’s directive.
Committee members have reportedly received information that the minister has instead sent the name of Eng. Silver Mugisha to the president. Mugisha ranked number two in the interviews.
The minister is therefore expected to explain to the committee the reason why he decided to forward the name that was not approved by the board of directors.
According to the board of directors’ resolutions, three people sat for interviews: Eng. Alex Gisagara, Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha and Patrick Byabakama Kaberenge.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the closed meeting, Anywar said she has received information that new board members want to ignore resolutions of the former board members and approve the appointment of the 1st runner up (Mugisha) instead of Gisagara.
The resolutions by the board of directors’ state that engineer Alex Gisagara was the overall winner of the interviews beating Dr Eng Silver Mugisha and Patrick Byabakama.
Anywar now argues that approving Mugisha would be unfair and therefore called upon the minister to refrain from any influence and approve the right person instead of misleading the country and the president.