PSST Ggobi ordered to reinstate Trade Ministry PS Geraldine Ssali as Accounting officer
By Evans Najuna
KAMPALA – The Head of Public service who doubles as the secretary to cabinet Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye (Mrs.), has ordered the the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Ramathan Ggobi to immediately resistate Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Permanent secretary as the Accounting Officer for Ministry.
Wallnetnews has learnt that president Museveni wrote to Nakyobe on 22nd of October concerning the scrapping off of Ms. Geraldine Ssall Busuulwa, from the post over numerous corruption investigations as earlier mentioned by PSST.
However in a letter issued on 26th of same month by the madam Nakyobe indicates that Ms. Geraldine Ssall Busuulwa, should be restated immediately.
“This is to request you to immediately reinstate Ms. Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa as the Accounting Officer for Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives as per the President’s directive” Lucy Nakyobe stated in the latter.
It can be recalled that, Following a recommendation from Parliament, Dr. Ramathan Ggoobi the Permanent Secretary/ Secretary To The Treasury kickstarted the process to remove Geraldine Ssali Busulwa, the embattled trade ministry Permanent Secretary as the Accounting Officer. This was because Geraldine was under investigations into misuse of public funds in the ministry. And on 3rd October 2023 letter to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Ggoobi requested the Minister to nominate another official to replace Ms. Ssali.
Ggoobi later informed the Ministry that one, Mr. Tom Opio who had been co-accused with Ms. Ssali, whom Parliament had recommended that he be, with immediate effect denied access to the Electronic Government Procurement System by the Accountant General who had been removed. Later Mr Alfred Oyo Andima, the undersecretary, finance and administration, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives was nominated as the substantial accounting officer for the ministry.