The contracts for EOC commissioners, including the chairperson, Ms Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, expired in January but the President has not communicated whether he will renew them.
However, three of the commissioners, including the Ms Ntambi, are eligible to be reappointment for another five-year term.
Because she has corruption related offences hanging over her head, Ntambi was expected to hand over office today (February 5, 2021).
The other EOC members are Mr Joel Cox Ojuko, Mr Patrobas Sirabo Wafula, Ms Zaminah Malole and Mr Dennis Nduhura. The commissioners have since left office as they await the President’s decision.
A source close to president Museveni he is still consulting widely on the matter.
However, Ntambi was today sighted at Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s office where she had gone to lobby to have her job saved although the decision to renew her contract and those of others entirely lies in the hands of the appointing authority, who is the President.
Ntambi and nine other employees of EOC were charged with embezzlement, causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud and corruption.
Prosecution states that between July 2018 and April 2019 at EOC offices in Kampala, Ms Ntambi neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of EOC thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the commission’s funds. The nine suspects are Ntambi’s former senior personal secretary, Agnes Enid Kamahoro, Mujuni Mpitsi (secretary) Moses Mugabe (senior monitoring and evaluation officer), Harriet Byangire (senior accountant), Ronnie Kwesiga (acting accounts assistant), Evans Jjemba (principal compliance officer), Manasseh Kwihangana (senior compliance officer), Sarah Nassanga (office attendant) and Sunday Nicholas Olwor.
Particulars of the case
It is alleged that between November 2018 and April 2019 at EOC offices in Kampala District, Mugabe, Mujuni, Jjemba and Ms Ntambi conspired to defraud government of Shs35m and more than Shs9.4m between January and April 2019.
Prosecution further states that between November 2018 and April 2019, Mugabe stole Shs29m and Shs14.5m which belonged to EOC.