Nassali was charged before the Anti-Corruption Court in August this year, for abuse of office and causing financial loss to the government after reportedly paying 33 million Shillings arbitrarily to AH Consulting Limited in the financial year 2014/2015.
Caption: Dorcas Okalany (L) hands over office to Dr Nassali Lukwago (R) last week. However, the latest development is that the recent transfer of all the permanent secretaries have been rescinded.
The Ministry of Public Service
has interdicted the Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission Dr Rose
Nassali Lukwago, over corruption allegations.
Nassali was charged before the
Anti-Corruption Court in August this year, for abuse of office and causing
financial loss to the government after reportedly paying 33 million Shillings
arbitrarily to AH Consulting Limited in the financial year 2014/2015.
The offences were traced to her
positing in the Ministry of Education, where she had worked before joining the
Judicial Service Commission. Nassali was charged alongside Opio Okiror, the
commissioner for Human Resource and Cuthbert Kagabo, the former director of AH Consulting
It is alleged that Nassali, abused
her authority when she illegally contracted AH Consulting Limited to recruit
five technical staff to work for the ADB V HEST project, well aware that the
required five technical staff had already been recruited. The act, according to
the Inspectorate of Government was prejudicial to the interests of the
Government of Uganda.
It is further alleged that Dr Opio
Okiror, contravened the responsibility of contract manager set in the public
procurement laws when he failed to ensure that AH Consulting Limited performed
all terms of the contract to recruit staff for the ADB V HEST project.
Although the Justice Minister
Kahinda Otafire had written to the Chairperson of the Judicial Service
Commission Justice Benjamin Kabiito asking Nassali not to resume work, she
defied the directive and went back to work.
Now in a letter dated October 11,
the Head of Public Service John Mitala said that because Nassali is being
prosecuted before the Anti-Corruption Court, the IGG has directed that she
should be interdicted with immediate effect and not perform any duties until
the trial is concluded.
Mitala says in the interdiction
letter that during the suspension, Nassali will be entitled to only half pay
monthly and will only access office with permission from the chairperson of the
commission. She will also not be able to leave the country except with express
permission from Public Service, among other conditions.