The former Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Richard Byarugaba, has challenged the non-renewal of his contract in court. The case will be heard by Justice Musa Ssekaana on September 27, 2023.
Byarugaba argues that the decision to reject the board’s recommendation to reappoint him was procedurally incorrect and violated his legitimate expectations by not affording him a fair hearing. He also contends that the decision was based on false allegations of financial impropriety and corruption, which have been investigated and dismissed by the Inspector General of Government.
Byarugaba served as the Managing Director of NSSF for 12 years, during which time the fund’s membership grew to 2 million and its assets reached 17 trillion shillings. He is seeking to have the decision not to renew his contract set aside and to be reinstated as the Managing Director of NSSF.
The case is significant because it raises important questions about the independence of the NSSF Board and the accountability of the Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. It is also a test of the government’s commitment to fighting corruption and ensuring that public institutions are run efficiently and effectively.
The hearing of the case is scheduled to take place over two days. Byarugaba is represented by a team of lawyers led by Peter Walubiri. The Attorney General is representing the government.
The outcome of the case is uncertain, but it is likely to have a major impact on the future of the NSSF and on the fight against corruption in Uganda.
The case is scheduled to be heard by Justice Musa Ssekaana on September 27, 2023.