Water Development, Sanitation And Environmental Protection Minister, Raphael Nakacinda, has dissolved the Western Water and Sanitation Company Board.
The Minister has dissolved the Board with immediate effect following a number of irregularities noted National Water Supply and Sanitation Council (NWASCO), the regulator.
Mr. Nakacinda says inspections of Western Water and Sanitation Company have revealed a collapse in the governance systems and poor performance by management that have resulted in deterioration in service delivery.
He reveals that among the findings of the inspections were non adherence to procurement and stores procedures, weak financial controls and compromised Internal audit function, high Board expenses mainly attributed to travel, Board Interference in management operations and poor adherence to company systems and procedures.
Mr. Nakacinda has since directed the shareholders to hold an Annual General Meeting to nominate new members to sit on the Board.
And the Minister directed NWASCO to expedite their intervention in order to prevent any further deterioration in the performance of the Utility.
“Let me also take this opportunity to address the stories circulating on social media implicating the Board Chair and Vice Chairpersons of Western Water and Sanitation Company of corruption which first came to the attention of the Ministry on 12th January 2021. I wish to put it on record that upon receipt of the letter, my Ministry conducted comprehensive investigations on the allegations.
The findings of the investigation have shown that the story circulating is false and the letter is not authentic,” he says.
Mr. Nakacinda says company in question, BL Plant Hire, refuted the allegations and indicated that the letter in question was not on their official company headed paper nor was it signed by any of their staff.
Issued by Public Relation Unit