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Uganda: 4 Top Electoral Commission Officials Retire

At least four senior officials at Uganda’s Electoral Commission (EC) have retired, Chimp Corps report.

Jovita Byamugisha, Director Finance and Administration; Joshua Wamala, Head, Election Management; Tumwebaze Mukigga, Head Planning and Research; and Charles Lubwama, Principal Election officer are leaving the Jinja road-based facility after more than two decades of service.

Sam Rwakoojo, the EC Secretary, said in an internal memo seen by ChimpReports on Monday that the officers “ended their service with the commission following the expiry of their employment contracts.”

Rwakoojo said the officers were “pioneers in election management right from Constituent Assembly Commission through the Interim EC to the present EC. They shave served diligently in different capacities over 25 years.’

The development comes at a time the electoral body is preparing for general elections in 2021.

Rwakoojo said the retired officers remained “part and parcel of our success story as an institution and have left an indelible mark in the democratization of our country.”

Some sections of the media last week reported that the officers were moved in a “shakeup” at EC.

Contacted, EC spokesperson Jotham Taremwa, responded: “We would have wished to share with you any information you want but these are internal issues which we don’t discuss with the media.”

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The memo sent to staff on June 28, 2019 indicates that the officers are leaving after clocking retirement age.

“Through their good management practices and exemplary behaviour over the years, they have trained and are leaving behind officers who will carry on their good work which will enable the Commission achieve its mandate,” said Rwakoojo.

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