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Embattled EOC Boss Sylvia Muwebwa leaves Office

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Embattled Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Nabatanzi has finally agreed to leave office after President Museveni declined to renew her contract.

Sylvia’s contract expired on January 19, 2021 after several efforts of lobbying for a renewal were futile.

According to sources, Sylvia will handover office on Friday and leaves along with some of her board members whose presence in the office has done more harm than good.

Sylvia is still grappling with corruption charges which were leveled against her in 2020.

Last month, she changed her name from Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi to Sylvia Muwebwa Nabatanzi, a move perceived as tactical to run away from her dirty past.

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The charging of Sylvia Muwebwa and nine others follows the lunging of complaints to President Yoweri Museveni calling for his intervention. According to a petition dated 22nd May 2019, the whistleblower accused her of causing financial loss of over Shs200 million through termination of workers contracts and forcing workers to resign and replace them with her relatives and friends.

Since she took over the chairperson-ship of the commission, the whistleblower said Mrs Ntambi has unfairly dismissed over 11 staff, terminated over 10 staff contracts, and four contracts have not been renewed. In 2017/ 2018, the Auditor General advised the commission to employ people on permanent contracts however the chairperson declined and this has since led to financial losses.

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They accused her of directing the collection of Shs100 million which they had approved in the commission meeting and the said money was to be used as kickbacks for individuals who worked hard for passing of the commission budget in 2018/19.

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