Daniel Richard Makayi Nangalama has been appointed as the acting UNBS Boss (Executive Director for the Uganda National Bureau of Standards), replacing Livingstone Ebiru, who is facing allegations of corruption.
Nangalama previously served as the deputy Executive Director, overseeing management and financial services. The appointment was made by the National Standards Council, as confirmed by a statement released by UNBS on Monday afternoon.
The decision to appoint Nangalama comes amid an arrest warrant issued by the Inspectorate of Government (IGG) against Ebiru.
The warrant, issued on July 21, 2023, by the deputy IGG, Anne Twinomugisah Muhairwe, instructs police officers to arrest Ebiru for failing to respond to summons related to an ongoing corruption inquiry.
In a recent appearance before Parliament’s Committee on Public Accounts – Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), Ebiru admitted to giving a bribe of shs100 million in an attempt to keep his contract from being terminated.
However, the UNBS board chairperson, Charles Musekuura, denied any knowledge of such a transaction and refuted the allegations.
Despite initially admitting to the bribery, the former UNBS Boss Ebiru later retracted his statement, adding further complexity to the situation.
The appointment of Nangalama as the acting Executive Director marks a significant step in addressing the allegations and ensuring the smooth functioning of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards during this period of controversy.