BIG STORY: Museveni Okays Byabashaija’s Contract Renewal Amidst Age Limit Controversies

The Fountain of Honour His. Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has okayed the extension of Dr. Johnson Byabashaija’s tenure as Commissioner General of Prisons.

This extension follows series of controversies that were sparked during the parliament comment where it was evidenced that diligent commissioner general had exceeded the civil service age limit.

Due to this, On April 6 2020, Parliament’s Appointments Committee rejected extension of Dr Byabashaija’s contract and that of his deputy, Mr James Mwanje, on account of old age a move that was not objected the two officials.

“Yes I’m 62 years, that’s true”, Dr. Johnson Babashaija who has over 38 years of experience in Prisons management said shortly after the appointments committee appearance.

However to the contrary, President Museveni’s principal private secretary Dr. Kenneth Omona, on April 22 wrote to Jeje Odong, the Internal Affairs minister, informing him that the Speaker of Parliament, following discussion with the President, approved the extension of Byabashaija’s contract and that of his deputy.

“This is to inform you that the Rt. Hon. Speaker of parliament of Uganda has communicated that the Appointment Committee of Parliament has approved the appointment of Dr. Johnson O.R Byabashaija as Commissioner General of Prisons and Mr. James Mwanje as Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons,” the letter reads in part, that this website has accessed.

“I further wish to inform you that upon receipt of the above communication, His Excellency the President has signed the Instrument of Appointment for these two officers,” it adds.

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