Court moves to restrain NSSF from sacking Ssali


High Court in Kampala has started hearing an application for a Judicial review against the “investigative suspension” of Geraldine Ssali Busluwa, the Deputy Managing Director of the National Social Security Fund NSSF.

Busuulwa dragged the fund to the Civil Division of the High Court for sending her on forced leave last month.

The fund’s managing director Richard Byarugaba sent Ssali on a forced leave for alleged insubordination and ill-conduct.

She now wants Court to issue a permanent injunction restraining NSSF and its lawyers from implementing, or otherwise effecting the directives of the respondent (NSSF) contained in the letter dated 9th March 2016.

On Wednesday, Justice Stephen Musota, heard submissions from the NSSF legal team and Busulwa.

He lawyer Fred Ssempebwa says they have applied for an order to stop NSSF from taking a final action against their client.

“We know what they [NSSF] are going to say,” Ssempebwa said.

The lawyers have also sought leave of court to file more affidavits.

Court will make a ruling by the end of this month.

Power struggle?

Before he suspension, the board led by Patrick Byabakama Kaberenge, had sent Busulwa on forced leave in a move to evict her from her office.

Busulwa, according to The Observer, enjoyed the favour of then finance minister Maria Kiwanuka while Byarugaba had a difficult relationship with Kiwanuka.

Kiwanuka even declined to renew Byarugaba’s contract leaving Busulwa to act as managing director for more than a year.

During her tenure as the acting MD in 2014, the members of parliament accused Busulwa of bypassing the board and purchasing 100 million shares worth Shs 34bn from power distributor Umeme.

Kiwanuka and former board chairman Ivan Kyayonka defended her decision on Umeme.

Byarugaba returned in November 2014 after President Museveni intervened.

In March 2015, Kiwanuka was dropped as minister of finance and appointed presidential adviser.

In May 2015, Kyayonka passed away in a hospital in Nairobi.

Busulwa was left defenceless hence the current ugly episodes.

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