Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, appears before the Anti-Corruption court today

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGSLD), Aggrey David Kibenge has written to the Solicitor General, seeking advice on the interdiction of troubled Equal Opportunities Commission Chairperson (EOC), Ms. Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi.

In the 09th November 2020 letter, the Permanent Secretary wants the Solicitor General who is the official government legal advisor to guide on the interdiction of Presidential appointees, such as the Chairperson of the EOC.

“I am in receipt of the case file: “Uganda Vs Agnes Enid Kamahoro and 9 Others- CID Headquarters E/297/2019” from the Director of Public Prosecutions, bringing to my attention the fact that Ms. Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, the Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission has been charged at the Anti-Corruption Court with offences of Conspiracy to Defraud (2 counts) and Corruption, contract to Section 309 of the Penal Code Act and section 2 (t) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009,” writes the Mr. Kibenge.

“As you are aware, the Chairperson and Members of the Equal Opportunities Commission are appointed by H.E the President with the approval of Parliament. … In reference to Regulation 38(1)(b) of the Public Service Commission Regulations, S1 No.1 of 2009 and Order F-S 8 of the Public Standing Orders, the Director of Public Prosecutions has advised me to perform my Statutory obligations as the Responsible Officer, to interdict Ms. Sylvia, Muwebwa Ntambi having been charged with criminal offences, in order to pave way for tooth investigations and uninterrupted prosecution of the case,” the Permanent Secretary adds.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is two-fold- to seek your advice on whether to proceed to interdict Ms. Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi based on the advice offered by the Director of Public Prosecutions; and if the above advice by the DPP, stands, to seek your guidance on who is the rightful responsible officer  to interdict the officer being an appointee of the H.E the President,” he concludes.

It is not clear whether the Solicitor General has responded but either way, the disgraced Chairperson is slated to leave office at the End of December 30th when her 4-year term ends.