President Museveni sacks Commissioner for Basic Education Daniel Nkaada, Alfred Kyaka - Whisper Eye

President Museveni sacks Commissioner for Basic Education Daniel Nkaada, Alfred Kyaka

President Museveni has directed that six senior government officials in the Ministry of Education be relieved over their duties.

The President has also directed that the Contracts Committee of the same ministry be “disbanded with immediate effect” in relation to the “mishandling of the process for procuring furniture for selected primary schools in Uganda under the Ministry of Education and Sports”.

The officials are accused of massive corruption, abuse of office, fictitious procurement s and embezzlement of public resources spanning more than 20 years.

The most prominent of those who the President directed to be removed from office is Mr Daniel Nkaada, the ministry’s commissioner for basic education.

Mr Nkaada’s name appeared several times in a dossier presented to the Inspectorate of Government for investigations.

“The following persons are relieved of their duties in the ministry and deployed elsewhere with immediate effect,” Mr Museveni’s letter reads, in part.

Others fired are Mr Philly Mpaata, a quantity surveyor with Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP), Mr William Hasoho, a procurement specialist at UTSEP, and Mr Thaddeus Lugolobi, who the IGG ordered to refund Shs8.2m last year over the mismanagement of an emergency construction program me.

The members of the ministry’s contracts committee which Mr Museveni has ordered to be disbanded are Ismail Mulindwa, the commissioner in charge of private schools (chairperson), Mr Alfred Kyaka, an assistant commissioner in charge of secondary education, Mr Claudia Arwako, Mr Cuthbert Muyala and Faith Nyamwenge from the Attorney General’s chambers.

Sources say the President and First Lady Janet Museveni, the minister of Education, were alarmed when allegations of simmering rot at the ministry became public. On several occasions, sources say, Ms Museveni demanded answers from top ministry officials on the allegations.