Appoint Ugandan URBRA Boss - Minister Kasaija

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In short
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has directed that the job of Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority--URBRA chief executive officer should be given to a Ugandan. This directive comes as the contract of current URBRA boss, Kenyan national David Nyakundi Bonyi, comes to an end. This is the last month of Bonyis three-year renewable contract that commenced in February 2015. Bonyi has been earning a gross monthly salary amounting to 91 million Uganda shillings.

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has directed that the job of Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) chief executive officer should be given to a Ugandan.
 
This directive comes as the contract of current URBRA boss, Kenyan national David Nyakundi Bonyi, comes to an end. This is the last month of Bonyi's three-year renewable contract that commenced in February 2015.
 
URBRA board chairman Andrew Kasirye told Uganda Radio Network that the process of recruiting a new chief executive officer has started. "We are in the process of recruiting a new CEO. The minister has told us this position should be occupied by a competent Ugandan," Kasirye said.
 
Kasirye said the board has already set up a committee to steer the process of recruiting Bonyi's successor. During the last recruitment, he says there was no Ugandan with 15-year requisite experience that had been set. This time, Kasirye says the 15-year experience will be lowered to accommodate Ugandans.
 
Kasirye says Bonyi had performed well and the board recommended for a second term but Minister Kasaija insisted that the job be given to a Ugandan. Before appointing a foreign expatriate, all agencies and government bodies are supposed to seek permission of the Ministry of Public Service and to give proof that there is no national capable of doing the job.
 
In Bonyi's appointment, however, the board had flouted this requirement. After the 2015 appointment, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) wrote to URBRA board informing them about this sidestepped requirement. The IGG said all other requirements had been followed and cautioned the board to take it into account before re-appointing Bonyi.
 
It's at this stage that Kasaija ruled against Bonyi's reappointment when URBRA board sought his permission to ask the public service ministry to endorse Bonyi's contract renewal.
 
Salary
 

Bonyi has been earning a hefty gross salary amounting to 91 million Uganda shillings. He is paid 57 million shillings basic salary. He is further paid a gratuity which is 25 percent of the salary and this case it amounts to Uganda shillings 14 million. Government further pays 10 percent of his gross salary as NSSF contribution. There are other benefits such as health insurance, fuel, entertainment allowances that pushes the gross salary to Uganda shillings 91 million.
 
Bonyi's recruitment was funded under a DFID Trust Fund managed by World Bank arrangement. The World Bank footed Bonyi's salary remunerations for a year and later pulled out. This meant government started drawing from the Consolidated fFund.
 
It's this hefty salary, sources told Uganda Radio Network, that unsettled politicians who started questioning why government should renew Bonyi's contract.
 
When asked about emoluments for the URBRA boss who will be recruited, Kasirye said he is waiting for guidance from the Finance ministry. Given that government is in the process of salary enhancement and rationalisation in the public sector, Kasirye said "salary for the new boss will go down."
 
He admitted; "The salary we were paying Bonyi is quiet big."
 
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.