Jennifer Musisi Calls for Guidelines on Presidential Handshakes

Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) Executive Director and former URA Commissioner Legal Services and Board Affairs, online Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula has called upon government to consider streamlining and setting up guidelines for giving out rewards to public servants.

The KCCA Executive Director made the recommendations while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, abortion Statutory Enterprises and State Enterprises (COSASE) to account for her role in the Heritage Oil case which saw her being reward with Sh60m.

Musisi told the committee that she was thankful and proud to have been part of the team in the historical case which left a legacy to all Ugandans as well as the descendants in form of benefits from the God given mineral.

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“My involvement in the Tullow, Heritage case was that I constituted the legal team, comprising Ms. Doris Akol, Mr. Ali Ssekatawa and Mr. Peter Muliisa to handle the case,” Musisi said.

 “I also provided leadership to the team and supported the Commissioner General on the Institution position regarding the taxability of the transaction which eventually became Uganda’s position on this matter.”

Asked by the Committee chairperson, Abdul Katuntu which areas she thinks would be improved in as far as rewarding of public servants; Musisi observed that there are gaps on the procedure of how people are rewarded which need to be addressed.

“It would be very useful for the country and government to have guidelines on rewards to public servants in as much as His Excellence has to exercise his power and prerogative,” Musisi said.

“I see the President giving rewards and awards to a lot of people; religious leaders, Athletes, car washers, market people to help them in their SACCOs, sick people helping them with medical treatment; I don’t know whether those are awards, rewards, handshakes or support but there needs to be streamlining to guide presidents and whoever would have the authority to reward public officers.”

Musisi added, “What I understand is that the team that met the president had also requested that we should be given medals and awarded before the public and perhaps if that was done publicly, we would not have had this committee.”



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