- NDA is in the spotlight over hundreds of millions spent to train Outgoing board on Corporate governance in South Africa.
- Reports indicate that the Team spent over $13,108 (about Shs48m) on the purchase of Air tickets, with board members flying business class
The National Drug Authority (NDA) is in the spotlight over having spent hundreds of millions of shillings on facilitating 10 of its 19 members on the outgoing board to attend a six-day training in corporate governance in Pretoria, South Africa.
The group under the leadership of its Chairperson, Medard Bitekyerezo flew out of the country on January 19 and returned on January 26, well aware that their tenure had come to an end.
The Minister for Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng had written to all the government agencies that constitute the NDA board inviting them to nominate members that will replace the outgoing board since it’s tenure would end on January 26, 2020.
However, Dr. Bitekyerezo traveled to South Africa with Mr. Nelson Musoba, the director-general of Uganda Aids Commission, Dr. Grace Nambatya Kyeyune of the Natural Chemotherapeutic Research Laboratory, Mr. Muhammed Mbabali of the Uganda Dental Association, Mr. Morris Seru, the commissioner for Health Services (Pharmacy) at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Kimbowa Yusufu Sembatya, a representative of the public, Mr. Yahaya Hills Sekajja of Uganda Herbalists, Dr. Hanifah Namala-Sengendo, the director of medical and psychosocial programs, Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation; Ms. Grace Akullo, the director of the Criminal Investigations in the police force, and Ms. Anne Rose Ademun Okurut, the commissioner of Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Agriculture who were also accompanied by two NDA employees identified as Ms. Dora Namyalo and Ms. Dorothy Namuwonge.
Reports indicate that the Team spent over $13,108 (about Shs48m) on the purchase of Air tickets, with board members flying business class to go and study corporate governance.
As per the 2017 Appointment letters, Each Member of the board is entitled to a per diem of $520 per day (about Shs1.9m) when they travel outside Uganda which means that the 10 outgoing board members bagged $46,800 (about Shs172m) and the two NDA employees bagged about $6,480 (Shs23.8 million) over the nine-day period even when details of the training remain scanty.