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Former NSSF Boss Geraldine Ssali appointed new Trade Ministry PS

Mrs. Geraldine Busuulwa Ssali, the new Trade Ministry PS

The former NSSF Deputy Managing Director, Ms. Geraldine Ssali Busuulwa has been appointed the new Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives.

Busuulwa was appointed on Thursday by the President while naming new Permanent Secretaries for the various ministries as the newly sworn-in cabinet kickstarts duties officially.

Ssali served as NSSF’s Deputy MD from 20 March 2011 to 29 October 2017 when the then Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, declined to renew Ssali’s contract, following the board’s recommendation.

Short Biography

Geraldine Ssali was born in Lubaga Hospital to Agnes Ssali and Gerald Ssali, circa 1975. She attended Gayaza High School for her pre-university education and later studied at Makerere University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, statistics, and economics.

Ssali also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Manchester Business School. She is a professional accountant and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

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Before her employment by NSSF Uganda, in March 2011, Ssali worked as head of the Directorate of Management, in Her Majesty’s Treasury in the United Kingdom.

She served as deputy managing director of NSSF Uganda from 20 March 2011 until 31 December 2013. On that day the employment contract of Richard Byarugaba, the managing director expired and was not immediately renewed.

Busuulwa was promoted to acting managing director (MD) while a search for a substantive MD was conducted. After a ten-month search, Byarugaba was re-appointed to his former post and Busuulwa was reappointed as his deputy.

In October 2017, the then Uganda Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija, declined to renew Geraldine Busuulwa’s contract, following the board’s recommendation.

The board cited “less-than-satisfactory performance”, during her tenure.

She was replaced by Patrick Ayota, previously the Head of Finance at NSSF Uganda, from 2010 until 2017.


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