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Bishop Twinomujuni seeks Museveni’s intervention to keep “their son Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha” as NWSC MD

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A group of over 80 reverends in Bushenyi district, led by their bishop, Rt Rev Johnson Twinomujuni, have resolved to ask their boss, the Archbishop of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, to seek a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni to beg him to reconsider their son, Eng Silver Mugisha, for a third term as the Managing Director of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

This follows a meeting the reverends had with Mugisha on Thursday, October 7, at Hotel Tuuza, in which he asked them to petition the President for his renewal on the grounds that he has helped the church equally. During the meeting, Mugisha also tipped each of the reverends with a “retirement” goat worth Shs300,000.

“Had the President not wanted me, he wouldn’t have accepted the Board to re-appoint me,” sources reveal that he told the reverends during the meeting.

The pressure follows President Museveni’s silence on renewing Mugisha’s contract despite the Board re-appointing him on a five-year term in May 2023. Mugisha, who has headed the Corporation for the last ten years, saw his contract expire on August 31, 2023, and has since been in office only in hopes of the President renewing him, but in vain. Previously, all former Managing Directors served two terms as per the act. It is not clear why the Board decided to give him a third term.

There are alleged reports that all has not been well at the NWSC. Some months ago, it was reported that the corporation’s computers were hacked into, causing the loss of vital information. This caused a lot of suspicion, with people wondering what the motive was.

On the other hand, Mugisha has brought in his blue-eyed manager, Mr. Paul Kahigi, the former FDC Bushinyi District L.C.V. Chairperson candidate, to stand on Minister Raphael Magyezi’s former seat, Igara West, on an NRM ticket. This is to impress his boss for converting opposition leaders to the NRM party. Kahigi is the NWSC Western Coordinator.

Recently, Archbishop Kaziimba visited Mugisha’s home (a Catholic) in Bushenyi. The Archbishop explained the visit as ecumenism, or uniting all religions. But most Anglicans were not happy with the Archbishop’s visit to Mugisha’s home, arguing that if the reason was unity of different religions, why didn’t the Archbishop also visit a prominent Muslim and a prominent Seventh Day Adventist?

The reverends’ petition to the President is likely to put pressure on him to make a decision on Mugisha’s future. It remains to be seen whether Museveni will renew Mugisha’s contract or appoint someone else.