News reaching our desk indicates Ron Kawamara is to be forwarded to the National Social Security Fund board as the cabinet choice to lead the embattled fund.
NSSF currently has Patrick Ayote as its Acting Managing Director following the exit of Richard Byarugaba and there’s a growing consensus in government for a new breed of business executives to lead the fund as a proper business rather than a parastatal entity.
Kawamura, an Oxford graduate, made his mark in e-commerce in East Africa and was most recently the former CEO of Jumia for 9 years. He is an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry where he owns and operates several top restaurant and hotel establishments in Uganda.
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The current NSSF board, senior managers, and Minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development Betty Amongi are all embroiled in allegations of mismanagement of workers’ funds.
Reports have confirmed that Statehouse has directly assumed a lead role in the search for the next Managing Director, suggesting a greater urgency to overhaul NSSF’s top ranks and accelerate efforts for the fund to reflect a true business be managed by business-minded leaders. Kawamara could not be reached for comment on this development.