The National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC board and Ephraim Kamuntu, the Water Minister have been implicated for influence peddling in the search of a new Managing Director for the corporation.
This is contained in a new report issued by the Inspectorate of Government. The July 16th report signed by Irene Mulyagonja, the Inspector general of government notes, that the NWSC Board was the reason why KPMG, an independent auditing firm hired to carry out the appointment process pulled out.
The NWSC Board contracted KPMG at the tune of 47 million shillings to conduct interviews and provide a shortlist of four to six candidates.
However, the NWSC board added two candidates, who KPGM considered as below the required standards forcing it to withdraw from the process citing breach of contract.
The IGG further faults the board for political interference when, it decided to refer the matter to the public service commission.
According to the report, the public service commission and the board were ‘manifestly unfair ‘in the interviews to the candidates as they lacked the required level of objectivity in recruitment to senior management positions.
The IGG also notes that there were no board minutes authorizing the Public service commission to conduct interviews on the appointment process. According to her report, the minister’s powers are limited to appointment of the board and not the Managing director.
She says the minister’s views or those of president are not binding on the board. The IGG has therefore recommended fresh interviews for the candidates. Attempts by our team to speak to the NWSC board members were futile as they were away on a retreat to discuss the report.
However, Vivienne Newumbe, the spokesperson NWSC says that they were yet to receive an official position of the board on the matter.
The NWSC has been hunting for a substantive MD since the contract of William Muhairwe, the former MD expired three years ago. Two of the contenders for the job include Alex Gisagara, the acting managing director of NWSC and engineer Silver Mugisha, who has worked with the corporation for over ten years.
The public service commission interviews put Mugisha on the top, while the board’s interview results leaked to parliament show Alex Gisagara as the favorite for the job.