The Ugandan Investment Authority (UIA) board has terminated the employment contracts of senior managers in what officials described as a fresh “restructuring process.”
UIA Executive Director Jolly Kaguhangire said in several memos the restructuring exercise would focus on “improvement of UIA capacity, realignment of existing UIA staff into the new structure and recruitment of new staff into the structure where applicable.”
Some of the sacked officials at the rank of Director include Hamza Galiwango (Land Development Division), Richard Tebandeke (Finance and Administration), Lawrence Byensi (Investment Facilitation and aftercare), Christopher Nankoola (Chief Internal Auditor), Basil Ajer (SME) and Joseph Kiggundu (One Stop Centre).
Kaguhangire said the restructuring exercise was approved by the Ministry of Finance which oversees operations of the authority.
The development comes against the backdrop of increased public concern that the authority is not doing enough to boost Foreign Direct Investment in Uganda.
This role has since been partly assumed by President Museveni who continues to host potential investors in Uganda.
But Kaguhangire recently unveiled some of her achievements which include improvement in Uganda’s investment ranking which is 6th out of 25 countries in Africa, according to the Ernst and Young Attractiveness Program Report for May 2017.
Her administration withdrew land from 10 non performing companies in the Kampala Industrial and Business Park, Namanve totaling to 52.48 acres and another 4 companies in Soroti Industrial Park amounting to 7.5 acres.
This land was reallocated to 12 companies that are to invest in strategic areas of the economy such as manufacture of solar panels, processing of fruit juice and cereals and many others. These have been put under tight deadlines of 18 months to commence physical development of their plots.
Kaguhangire also spearheaded the process strengthening and improving efficiency of the one stop center as well as moving most services to the online e-biz portal to reduce opportunities for corruption and register businesses online.
The UIA Board, however, approved the new management positions in the structure and resolved that the posts should be advertised internally to allow for effective competition among all UIA staff who believe they have the competencies to take on those jobs.
Barbara Kabuchu (Deputy Director Finance) and Sheila Mugyenzi (Deputy Director Investment Promotion) had their contracts extended for two more months starting March 1, 2018. They will have to apply for the jobs so as to retain them.
Kaguhangire said in line with the Human Resource manual section 10.1.2, the sacked officials were given the three months’ notice of termination of their contracts.