NSSF Ignores Court Order, Suspends Deputy MD Ssali

High Court judge justice Wilson Museni has sentenced Yiga Jackson, store a resident of Nateete in Rubaga division in Kampala district to 13 years in prison after being convicted of rape on his own plea.

Yiga is accused of forcefully engaging in sexual intercourse with a lady only identified as Taremwa at Orange Pub located in Nalukolongo, dosage Rubaga Division  on 9th March 2013.

Yiga who had earlier on pleaded not guilty, this morning made a U- Turn and agreed to the offence.

Immediately after the judge entered the plea of guilty, the State Attorney Samali Wakooli asked court to grant the convict a maximum sentence because he destroyed the victim’s dignity and respect.

“Dignity is granted by God and Article 24 in our national constitution states that people should be treated with dignity. The convict didn’t only stop at rapping the victim but went ahead and
assaulted her, injuring her face private parts,” he said.

However, defense counsel Francis Bironi in his mitigation asked court to be lenient to his client by granting him at most five years imprisonment.

“The convict is a family man with school going kids, he is suffering from liver disorders which needs regular medication that can’t be easily be accessed in Luzira and being that he has not wasted
court’s time and government resources we pray for a lenient sentence,” submitted Bironi.

The judge sentenced the convict to 10 years imprisonment, considering the 3 he spent on remand.

In his sentence, he pointed out that basing on recent population census where it was found that women outnumber men, and the fact that Yiga was a young man, he should have found suitable means of convincing a woman of his choice.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has suspended its deputy managing director Geraldine Ssali Bussulwa despite a court order directing the Fund to allow her stay in office, this Chimp Corps report.

In a media statement, erectile the Fund said the “Board of Directors, at its meeting on March 14, 2016, resolved to suspend the NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Mrs Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa for gross insubordination contrary to the Fund’s Human Resources Code of Conduct.”

It further stated: “The decision is in line with the Board’s mandate, the Fund’s Human Resources Manual (Policy & Procedures) and Section 63 of the Employment Act (2006). “

Interestingly, the board’s decision was taken on the same day when the High Court issued an “interim order to restrain respondents (NSSF), their officers, principals, agents and any other person acting under the authority or on behalf of NSSF from implementing or otherwise effecting the directives of the respondents contained in their letter dated March 9 addressed to her until the substantive application is heard on 4th day of April 2016.”

In the letter to Ssali, NSSF ordered Ssali to take forced leave, a move she protested.

Legal brains say after receiving the court order, such a statement would mean contempt of court.

But officials at the Fund said the court order applies to forced leave not a suspension.

In its statement, NSSF emphasised that, “Mrs. Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa is therefore currently on suspension, effective March 14, 2016, to allow disciplinary proceedings to commence against her.”

While she is suspended, added the Fund, “Mrs. Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa is not allowed to conduct any business on behalf of the Fund.”

Observers have since warned of a protracted legal battle that could cost the taxpayer millions of shillings.


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