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    NATIONAL DRUG AUTHORITIES VACANCIES

    The National Drug Authority (NDA) is an autonomous body which was established by the National Drug Policy and Authority Act Cap 206 , Laws of Uganda (2000 Edition) to regulate Human and
    Veterinary Medicines and other healthcare products. NDA’s mandate is to ensure quality, safety
    and efficacy of human and veterinary medicines and other healthcare products through the
    regulation and control of their production, importation, distribution and use.
    In order to effectively fulfill its mandate, the Authority is looking for competent persons with
    required skills attitude and qualifications to fill the following positions.
    1. Head Regional Offices and In-Charge of greater Kampala
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Inspectorate Services and Enforcement
    Reports to: Director Inspectorate and Enforcement
    Salary Scale: NDA C
    Direct reports: Manager Regional Office (7)
    Location: Central Regional Office – Nakawa

    Job purpose:
     To be responsible for the coordination, administration and efficient functioning of
    all NDA regional offices / branches including their operations, security and safety
    in accordance with NDA’s strategic objectives.
     In charge of the regulation of all pharmacies and drug outlets within greater
    Kampala in accordance with NDA regulatory standards.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Provides leadership, on policy, regulatory and operational direction regarding
    Product regulation and safety; delegates day to day operations to Regional
    Managers.
     Understand NDA’s strategic direction and manage the Regions performance
    to key performance metrics
     To ensure that greater Kampala and all Regions focus on Safety, Quality, and
    Efficacy;
     To manage & coordinate inspection of Pharmacy and Drug outlet premises for
    issuance of certificates of suitability and licenses
     To develop and implement strategies for institutionalization of best regulatory
    operational practices in accordance with NDA’s core values and rules
     To coordinate the development of the budget for the Regions and ensure
    effective budget management with the objective of cost saving
     To participate in quarterly and annual performance/management review
    meetings and report on progress on planned activities and guide management
    decisions for continual improvement.
     To ensure stakeholders, pharmaceutical service providers and the general
    public receive the right information on pharmaceutical products.
     Co-ordinate with local Governments to increase the NDA’s visibility and to
    enhance new and existing collaboration opportunities
     Work to ensure that NDA is delivering an excellent client experience.
     To collaborate with other Departments and Directorates in furtherance of the
    vision, mission, goals and strategic objectives of NDA
     To supervise field operations, evaluate and manage the resources and
    processes required for the successful completion of such operations.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned
    from time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Veterinary and Master’s degree in
    Pharmacy, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Business Administration,
     Post graduate diploma in management (for those with only science degrees).
    Registration with relevant professional body is a must
    Experience
     Minimum of ten (10) years relevant working experience
     Minimum of five ( 5) years as a manager or at Senior Management Level
    Key Competencies
     This position requires risk analysis, critical thinking and the ability to provide
    solutions to the benefit of NDA Regional Offices.
     Excellent problem solving skills are required
     Proficiency in computer applications especially MS office packages and good
    presentation skills.
     High Integrity and attention to detail
     Ability and willingness to participate in field activities, frequently; and sometimes
    beyond normal working hours.
     People Management skills


    2. Head Enforcement
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Inspectorate Services and Enforcement
    Reports to: Director Inspectorate and Enforcement
    Direct reports: Regulatory Officers
    Salary Scale: NDA C
    Location: Head Office

    Job Purpose:
    To ensure compliance to the National drug policy and Authority Act.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To conduct investigations and enforcement activities.
     Carry out investigations in the following but not limited to:
    i. advertising of prescription only medicines to the public
    ii. the production and distribution of falsified pharmaceutical products
    iii. Un authorized importation and diversion of pharmaceutical products from
    and into legal distribution networks
    iv. false or misleading pharmaceutical claims for unlicensed products
     To recommend withdrawal of licenses of offenders and document cases for
    prosecution.
     To plan and collaborate with other institutions regarding the enforcement of
    relevant legislation and regulations
     To lead and supervise enforcement operations in compliance with NDA regulatory
    standards.
     To partner and work with relevant stakeholders to build intelligence on illegal
    activities in the pharmaceutical sector.
     To provide reports and advise the Director on all matters pertaining to enforcement
     To work and partner with the Manager Public Relations and Communications to
    sensitize the pharmaceutical sector and general public on matters of
    pharmaceutical regulation and compliance respectively.
     To work with other Directorates to develop an online database for educating and
    informing the general public on all illicit, falsified and counterfeit medicines and
    products
     To develop guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the
    department.
     Collaborate with Local Government Authorities to ensure compliance with NDA
    Act.
     Provide leadership to staff in the unit by ensuring effective support, capacity
    building, performance management and motivation strategies are applied to
    enable delivery of effective services and results
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from
    time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical
    Sciences, Law, Veterinary, Medicine
     Diploma in Law/Criminal Justice except those with a Degree in Law.
     Registration with relevant professional body is a must
    Experience
     Minimum of ten (10) years relevant working experience
     Minimum of five ( 5) years as a manager or at Senior Management Level
    Key Competencies
     Strong understanding of Criminal Law.
     Good communication and interpersonal skills;
     Strong understanding of the Uganda context of pharmaceutical supply and
    distribution channels.
     High degree of integrity


    3. Manager Regional Office
    Vacancies: Three (3)
    Directorate: Inspectorate Services and Enforcement
    Reports to: Head Regional Office
    Direct Reports: Finance & Administration Officer, Regulatory Officers, Inspectors,
    Drivers, and Admin and Stores Assistant.
    Salary scale: NDA D
    Location: Regional offices

    Job Purpose:
    Implement the NDA regulatory functions in the region working collaboratively with the
    regional multi-functional teams and external stakeholders
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Plan and coordinate all operations of the region regarding Pharmaceutical
    regulation in line with approved NDA strategic and business plans.
     Manage and coordinate inspection of all premises for issue of certificates of
    suitability and licenses.
     Take action to curb all illegal activities in the region (liaise with the enforcement
    department as required).
     Sensitize stakeholders on the NDP/A Act, regulations and guidelines through
    workshops, seminars and radio talk-shows.
     Ensure proper, efficient and effective utilization of NDA resources in accordance
    with laid down procedures within the region.
     Supervise and manage all operations in the region.
     Provide leadership to staff in the regional office by ensuring effective support,
    capacity building, performance management and motivation strategies are
    applied to enable delivery of effective services and results
     Prepare annual budgets and work-plan for the regional office
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from
    time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Pharmacy, Health Sciences,
    Pharmaceutical Sciences, Regulatory Sciences, Public Health
     Registration with relevant professional body is a must.
    Experience
     Minimum of eight (8) years relevant working experience in regulation
     Minimum of 5 years’ experience in supervisory role.
    Key Competencies
     Strong understanding of the pharmaceutical regulatory legal framework.
     Good interpersonal and communication skills;
     Good working knowledge of ICT applications
     High degree of integrity
     Ability and willingness to participate in field activities, frequently; and sometimes
    beyond normal working hours
     Good presentation skills


    4. Regulatory Officer – Enforcement
    Vacancies: Seven (7)
    Directorate: Inspectorate Services and Enforcement
    Reports to: Head Enforcement
    Direct reports: N/A
    Salary Scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office and Regional Offices
    Job Purpose:
     To participate in enforcement function of NDA as laid down in the NDA Act Cap.206
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To conduct compliance inspections and conduct enforcement against violators of
    the NDP Act.
     To confiscate and remove for further assessment and or other action,
    pharmaceuticals suspected to be in contravention of the regulation.
     To participate in the development of guidelines, manuals and standard operating
    procedures (SOPs) for the department
     To make reports on compliance and submit them to the supervisor together with
    recommendations for enforcement
     Provide regulatory reviews of client complaints and feedback.
     To participate in preparation of charge sheets as may be required
     Conduct intelligence gathering about illicit drug dealers / outlets.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from
    time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Veterinary, Medicine, Dental
    surgery, Biomedical sciences, or Law + Diploma in Pharmacy from a recognized
    Institution
    Experience
     Minimum of three (3) years working experience in a reputable pharmaceutical
    establishment.
     Experience in regulatory affairs is an advantage
    Key Competencies
     Proficiency in computer applications especially MS office packages
     High level of Integrity
     Keen attention to detail.
     Good communication and interpersonal skills


    5. Regulatory Officer
    Vacancies: Three (3)
    Directorate: Inspectorate and Enforcement
    Reports to: Managers or Principal Regulatory Officers
    Direct Reports: N/A
    Salary Scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office and Regional Offices

    Job purpose:
     To conduct inspections of drug outlets dealing in the manufacture, handling important
    and distribution of drugs and other healthcare products for compliance to the National
    Drug Policy and Authority Act.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To contribute to the implementation and continuous improvement of registration
    and assessment, inspection and licensing processes.
     To inspect pharmaceutical and manufacturing facilities within the country and
    abroad for compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and report on findings
    with recommendations.
     To inspect premises and facilities that distribute, dispense or keep custody of
    pharmaceutical and other health care products for suitability.
     To prepare status reports on licenses, permits, imports and exports of
    pharmaceutical products and medical devices
     To verify documents for importation and exportation of pharmaceuticals, public
    health products and health devices to ensure compliance with NDA requirements.
     To facilitate importation and exportation of pharmaceutical and health care
    products by inspecting of drug consignments and collaborating with other customs
    agencies and agents.
     To coordinate destruction of unfit and substandard drugs, toxic, damaged, or
    misbranded items.
     To conduct post marketing surveillance of medicines, herbal medicines, traditional
    medicines and public health products to verify consistency of product standards
    and submit samples to Quality Control Laboratory for analysis.
     To undertake investigations into consumer pharmaceutical product, licensing and
    inspection related complaints.
     To provide information to the public pertaining to regulation of drugs
     To develop and maintain good relations with clients
     To prepare status reports on licenses, permits, imports and exports of
    pharmaceutical and health care products, and medical devices.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from
    time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Veterinary, Medicine, Dental
    surgery, Biomedical sciences, or Law + Diploma in Pharmacy from a recognized
    Institution
    Experience
     Minimum of three (3) years working experience in a reputable pharmaceutical
    establishment.
     Experience in regulatory affairs is an advantage
    Key Competencies
     Proficiency in computer applications especially MS office packages
     High level of Integrity
     Keen attention to detail.
     Good communication and interpersonal skills


    6. Principal Regulatory Officer – Research
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Product Safety
    Reports to: Director Product Safety
    Direct reports: Regulatory Officer Research
    Salary scale: NDA E
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    Assist in the regulatory oversight and coordination of operational research and studies
    within NDA
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To plan and coordinate the initiation of research protocol, and support establishment
    of operating policies and procedures in line with NDA’s overall policy framework.
     Maintain detailed knowledge of all assigned protocols and ensure that the regulatory
    officers adhere to all protocol requirements to ensure the validity of the research data.
     Initiating, coordinating and carrying out appropriate research for the enhancement of
    regulation of medicines, public health products and medical devices
     Be responsible for ensuring that all research studies maintain accurate and up-to-date
    regulatory files.
     Provide quality assurance of all essential documents maintained by the local personnel
    on site (e.g. source documents in participant files, laboratory documentation, Clinical
    Trials, Post Market Surveillance findings). This may be accomplished through periodic
    site visits for review of these documents,
     To ensure the smooth and efficient day-to-day operations of research and data
    collection and documentation of research activities within the Authority.
     Responsible for overseeing the collection, reviews for adherence to regulation, and
    tracks all regulatory documentation involved in studies
     To plan research programs in areas that are pertinent to NDA and to ensure that such
    programs are implemented
     To participate in GMP/GPP inspections.
     To disseminate research findings, presented in a meaningful format that is
    understandable by a non- specialist audience.
     To develop the capacity of staff in research
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Science
    Experience
     Minimum of eight (8) years working experience in regulation
     Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Research
    Key Competencies
     Proficiency in computer applications especially MS office packages
     High level of Integrity
     Keen attention to detail.
     Good communication and interpersonal skills


    7. Principal Regulatory Officer – Medicines
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Product Safety
    Reports to: Director Product Safety
    Direct reports: Regulatory Officer
    Salary Scale: NDA E
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    To ensure that drug-related information is disseminated to ensure appropriate use of
    medicines in accordance with the NDA Act
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Collect and coordinate drug-related information and disseminate to relevant
    stakeholders
     Ensure that drug promotional materials are vetted, approved and monitored to avoid
    dissemination of misleading, biased and inaccurate information on medicines
     Provide all relevant drug-related information for purposes of updating NDA’s website.
     Manage the operations of a Call center.
     To sensitize the public on drug and substance abuse.
     Maintains working knowledge of regulatory changes for medicines and public
    healthcare products through guidelines, articles, writings and courses.
     To coordinate the reviewing of Standard Operating Procedures, guidelines, regulations
    related to medicines information.
     Supervise and develop the staff under their direct supervision
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education:
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
    Experience
     Minimum of eight (8) years relevant working experience in regulation
     Minimum of 5 years’ experience in relevant scientific area.
    Key Competencies
     Extensive experience with clinical research sciences, regulatory affairs
     Good interpersonal and communication skills
     Good working knowledge of ICT applications.
     High degree of integrity


    8. Principal Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Manager Business Development
    Direct Reports: N/A
    Salary scale: NDA E
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    To lead and provide technical support in the design, implementation and review of NDA
    monitoring and evaluation activities. Specifically the Principle M&E Officer shall be
    responsible for compiling, analyzing and interpreting data across NDA in order to track
    performance and delivery of set targets.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To develop, design and implement an M&E system, guidelines, manuals and standard
    operating procedures for the section
     To develop entity wide monitoring and evaluation indicators, and ensure that all
    Directorates, Departments and units, submit regular, structured performance
    monitoring reports for analysis to facilitate management review and decision making
     To monitor the implementation of NDA’s strategic plan, Annual work plans and projects
    at all levels
     Undertake Data Quality Audits to provide in-depth assessment of data quality reported
    by the Directorates, Departments and units and implement action plan in collaboration
    with them for corrective measures on identified gaps during the Data Quality Audits.
     Conduct On-site Data Verification using standardized tools to provide overall
    picture/statement on quality of important programmatic results and develop and
    implement action plan in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders for corrective
    measures on identified gaps during the On-site data verification.
     Prepare monthly, quarterly, annual as well as mid-term Activity / plan /programme
    performance monitoring reports that contains summary data, reviewing overall
    performance against targets and making overall recommendations.
     Lead on annual work plan performance reviews and planning workshops and assist
    the Secretary to the Authority in preparing and presenting relevant Authority level
    reports for external stakeholders
     Participate in evaluation, reviews, survey, surveillance or activities focusing on the
    overall NDA performance tracking, measurement and reporting.
     Manage monitoring and evaluation data, including creation of databases and, data
    cleaning
     Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and
    interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education:
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Business Administration
    Relevant qualifications / Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation
    Experience
     Minimum of eight (8) years relevant working experience
     Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Monitoring and Evaluation.
    Key Competencies
     Good interpersonal and communication skills; good working knowledge of ICT
    applications
     Plans, coordinates and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing
    Priorities and competing deadlines
     In-depth knowledge on M&E and regulatory issues
     Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff
    behavioral/ attitudinal change.


    9. Risk Management Officer
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Manager Business Development
    Direct Reports: N/A
    Salary Scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    Responsible for the identification and management of risks to minimize negative impact to
    strategy delivery; undertake the risk function on behalf of the NDA and ensure enterprise
    wide risk management as a key to enable achieving the business objectives of the NDA
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Develop and update the NDA risk matrix, maintain and implement the risk
    management plan in consultation with management.
     Manage the process of identifying and assessing the risks affecting NDA in order to
    develop risk mitigation, adequately plan risk responses and monitoring strategies for
    the critical risks.
     Establish Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) objectives for NDA in order to ensure
    integration with the corporate strategy and facilitate the use of appropriate ERM
    methodologies, tools and techniques to ensure effective risk management.
     Ensure appropriate risk reporting to the Management team and prepare the Risk
    management system and framework.
     Conduct regular risk management training in order to increase risk awareness across
    NDA.
     Develop and ensure compliance with, including regular review of the Risk Policy in
    order to have relevant and up-to-date Risk Policies and ensure an effective risk
    management framework.
     Prepare and develop the NDA risk strategy and regularly identify, analyze and classify
    risks and obtain mitigating responses / actions.
     Execute the risk response strategies through collaborative working with relevant
    stakeholders.
     Carry out planned and ad-hoc risk reviews on designated projects and make
    recommendations for corrective actions.
     Ensure that effective risk management strategies and processes are embedded within
    the NDA’s day to day activities and ensure that NDA complies with both outside
    regulatory requirements and its own internal policies.
     Follow up and co-ordinate preparation and implementation of action plans for Audit
    findings in liaison with the relevant stakeholders
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Economics, Finance or Statistics from a
    reputable institution
    Minimum Experience
     At least three (3) years working experience in risk management/ control,
    compliance, audit in a reputable organization
    Key Competencies
     IT literacy and Computer software applications skills, MS applications
     Proactive and independent
     Concern for precision and rigor
     Analytical and reliable
     Flexible and stress resistant
     Ability to organize and prioritize


    10. Fleet Management Officer
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Head Human Resource and Administration
    Direct reports: Drivers
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    To oversee the fleet at NDA Head Office and in the Regions and ensure that all vehicles
    and equipment in the fleet are properly maintained, registered, licensed, tested and, to the
    extent appropriate, operated in accordance with the Traffic and Road Safety Act.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Develop fleet standard operating procedures, policies and guidelines for the
    Secretariat
     Develops driver and transport safety programs and ensure safe driving practices of
    NDA transport staff
     Ensure preventive maintenance programs are carried out as per schedule and monitor
    post repair performance.
     To prepare and maintain motor vehicle records inclusive insurance matters.
     To prepare reports relating to motor vehicle fuel consumption, maintenance and any
    other related reports
     Ensure all vehicle operation policies and systems are up to date and enforced within
    field operations
     To advise on specifications prior to purchase of motor vehicle
     To prepare motor vehicle schedules and supervise their control transfer and movement
    of vehicles between regional locations as required by operations
     Supervise and ensure timely repair and servicing of vehicles in order to minimize
    downtime.
     Facilitates contracting of all services relating to transport within the Authority
     Assist in the recruitment, training and assessment of drivers.
     Manage the performance and development of drivers and, provide effective
    leadership and ensure support through motivation and other strategies to enable
    effective delivery of services.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree specializing in transport, logistics
    Minimum Experience
     At least Three (3) years working experience in fleet management in a reputable
    organization
    Key Competencies
     Good supervisory skills
     Excellent knowledge of fleet management
     Good communication and interpersonal skills
     Computer knowledge in MS applications
     Self-confidence, high integrity and patience.


    11. Accountant
    Vacancies: Two (2)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Head Finance
    Direct reports: N/A
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    Proper capturing of financial data, through adherence to accounting systems and
    procedures to enable production of reliable financial reports.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Processing payment vouchers and ensuring all payments are in line with the budget
    and approved plans;
     Responsible for receipting and invoicing NDA clients in a timely manner;
     Providing input to cash flow forecasts by reporting on NDA revenue on a weekly basis;
     Prepare bank reconciliations;
     Provide support to the quarterly and annual verification of assets and store’s Inventory;
     Prepare the payroll and ensure salaries are paid in accordance to staff terms and
    conditions of service;
     Timely retirement of all staff/regional accountabilities and providing monthly reports of
    unaccounted for funds;
     Raise journal vouchers to correct errors where applicable;
     Advise clients on the fee structure and amounts payable for the different NDA services
     Responsible for safe custody of all financial documents in their possession.
     Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time by the Head Finance
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Accounting or Finance
     Registered member of CPA / ACCA
    Experience
     A minimum of three (3) years working experience in a related job in a reputable
    organization
    Key Competencies
     High sense of integrity and professionalism.
     Great attention to detail
     A strong team player
     Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
     Computer literacy and proficiency in major accounting packages preferably
    NAVISION and Microsoft Office (Excel


    12. Management Information System Officer
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Head ICT
    Direct reports: N/A
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    To oversee, manage, and be accountable for and own the operations and business-asusual
    (BAU) activities of the ICT department
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To Provide day to day IT support and maintenance of key IT infrastructure
     To manage IT and computer systems including budgets and expenditure
     To maintain automated registers
     To maintain the Secretariat’s Website
     To maintain current and accurate inventory of technology hardware, software
    resources
     To maintain a log of required repairs and maintenances
     To develop and implement policies and procedure for electronic data processing
     To develop standards, guidelines, and procedures for system development, and
    management
     To perform regular backups of Secretariat’s Registers
     To ensure backup and recovery procedures and plans are in place and regularly
    updated
     To provide individual training and IT support to all Authority staff.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT, Computer Technology,
    Software Engineering
    Minimum Experience
     At least one (1) year working experience in Management Information System in a
    reputable organization.
     Knowledge of: Programming languages and operating systems; current equipment
    and technologies in use e.g. virtualization, storage systems; UNIX/Linux system
    administration, enterprise backup and recovery procedures, and system performance
    monitoring tools.
     Ability to: plan, organize and document complex system design activities and to
    configure systems to be consistent with institutional policies/procedures; communicate
    technical/complex information both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain
    cooperation, understanding, trust and credibility; perform multiple tasks concurrently
    and respond to emergency situations effectively.
    Key Competencies
     IT literacy and Computer software applications skill.


    13. Administrative Assistant
    Vacancies: Eight (8)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Manager Administration
    Salary scale: NDA G
    Location: Head Office

    Job purpose:
    To provide secretarial and administrative services NDA Departments
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Carry out general secretarial duties including minute taking, and circulating/follow up
    on relevant action.
     Organize and maintain the office diary of schedules and make arrangements for
    meetings.
     Maintain oral communication with visitors, and all members of the department and the
    stakeholders when requested and authorized by the responsible officer.
     Maintain filing systems for incoming and out-going mails of both confidential and
    routine correspondence.
     Maintaining proper storage and safety of Administrative files to ensure that documents
    are rightly arranged filed and are without errors.
     Draft correspondence as required by the supervisor.
     Carry out any other official duties assigned by the Supervisor.
    Education
    EITHER: Bachelor’s Degree in in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Human
    Resource Management, Public Administration, Office Management from a
    recognized Institution with 3 years’ experience in the similar job.
    OR: Diploma in Secretarial Studies, Office Management or closely related field
    from a recognized Institution with 5 years’ experience in the similar job.
    Essential: Office Management skills, Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications.
    Desirable: Excellent command of both written and spoken English with good
    interpersonal skills.
    Key Competencies
     Excellent People Skills
     Self-driven
     Excellent communication, analytical, organisational and technical skills
     Ability to work with minimum supervision.
     Confidentiality, interpersonal skills and integrity.


    14. Front Office Assistant
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Manager Administration
    Salary scale: NDA H
    Location: Head Office

    Job Purpose:
    To manage the front office of NDA in a way that portrays a positive image of the Authority.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Receive clients and direct them to the appropriate offices for the service needed.
     Keep an accurate record of office visitors by recording their particulars.
     Receive inquires and respond to the clients’ need.
     Receive and direct telephone calls both external and internal from extensions to
    appropriate destinations.
     Issue brochure and information guides of NDA to the clients and potential clients.
     Provide clients with relevant forms and detailed procedures and where necessary
    assist them to complete the forms and to follow the prescribed procedure.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education
    Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in in Social Sciences, Public Administration or Office
    Management from a recognized Institution with 3 years’ experience in the similar job.
    Key Competencies
     Excellent command of both written and spoken English with good interpersonal skills.
     Excellent People Skills
     Self-driven
     Proficiency in Microsoft Office Applications.
     Office Management skills,
     Excellent communication, analytical, organisational and technical skills
     Ability to work with minimum supervision.
     Confidentiality, interpersonal skills and integrity.
     Computer skills in Ms word, Excel


    15. Driver
    Vacancies: Five (5)
    Department: Corporate Services
    Reports to: Senior Officer Fleet Management
    Direct reports: N/A
    Salary scale: NDA H
    Location: Head Office and Regional Offices

    Job Purpose:
     To drive and maintain assigned NDA vehicle
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Drives Authority vehicle for official travel and business as assigned both in and
    outside Kampala
     Ensures the vehicle assigned is maintained in a good running condition, clean and
    maintains a high standard of service to vehicle occupants
     Maintains a vehicle movement log: daily mileage, fuel consumption, oil changes etc
     Ensures the vehicle is kept secure and performs regular/day-to-day maintenance
    checks: oil, water, battery, tyres etc
     Maintains a vehicle service log and advises the Supervisor when the vehicle is due
    for service
     Reports any defects to the Supervisor and in case of an accident, reports
    immediately to the Supervisor and the Police
     Ensures vehicle has necessary accessories including a spare tyre and that these are
    kept safely at all times.
     Ensures vehicle insurance is valid/ updated at all times,
     Ensures punctual and safe transport services while observing road and traffic laws
    and regulations
     Performs any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Supervisor
    Person Specifications
    Education:
     Minimum of a UCE certificate, with passes in English and Mathematics
     Clean and valid driving permit for classes B, DL and CM
     A certificate in defensive driving is an added advantage
    Experience:
     At least five (5) years of clean sustained driving experience
    Key Competencies:
     Good communication and interpersonal skills;
     Working knowledge of English
     Self-confidence
     High integrity and patience.
     Basic knowledge of vehicle mechanics


    16. Director Laboratory Services
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Department: Directorate of Laboratory Services
    Reports to: Secretary to the Authority
    Direct reports: Manager Medicines, Manager Medical Devices, Manager
    Laboratory Quality Management Systems
    Salary scale: NDA B
    Location: National Drug Quality Control Laboratory-Mulago.

    Job Purpose:
     To manage and co-ordinate all operations and administration of the Directorate of
    Laboratory Services and provide overall direction while ensuring that regulated products
    are correctly analyzed to enable NDA make evidence-based decisions.
     To ensure timely quality control testing of all samples in conformity with ISO/IEC 17025
    international standard and the relevant WHO guidelines
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     To coordinate the development of the Directorate’s annual budget and ensure effective
    budget management with the objective of ensuring value for money.
     Collaborate with other Directorates in furtherance of vision, mission, goals and strategic
    objectives of NDA.
     Engage relevant stakeholders, identifying opportunities for synergy and developing the
    structures for collaboration.
     Manage the performance and development of staff in the directorate, provide
    effective leadership and ensure support through motivation and other strategies to
    enable effective delivery of services.
     To organize resources required for timely analysis of regulated products and ensure
    release of accurate analytical test results to permits; correct conclusion about the quality
    of the samples analyzed (of medicines, medical devices and public health products) and
    serves as an adequate basis for timely administrative and legal actions by NDA.
     Ensure that processes, systems and procedures needed for quality enhancement of the
    services of the directorate are established and implemented in accordance with the
    ISO/IEC 17025 standard, WHO Good Practices for Quality Control Laboratories and other
    relevant international and national standards and practices.
     To ensure that risks are identified and appropriate actions taken to avoid the risks or
    minimize the negative impact(s) on the operations of the Directorate and NDA in
    general and provide feedback for regulatory decision making on marketed
    pharmaceuticals analyzed.
     To monitor and evaluate performance of the Directorate against agreed targets and
    objectives, and ensure adequate, processes, systems, specifications and controls over
    the resources needed for quality service delivery. These include; personnel, equipment,
    chemical reference substances, chemicals and reagents, reference books among others.
     To coordinate laboratory management reviews and audits (financial and technical), and
    ensure timely implementation of corrective and preventive actions and respond to queries
    arising from audits and complaints.
     Promote initiation and execution of projects including research and programs to enhance
    performance of the Directorate. This may be achieved by collaborating with other
    laboratories, regulatory and law enforcement agencies, manufacturers of pharmaceutical
    and other health products and the public to enhance drugs and health products quality
    control and assurance.
     Foster collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders including; academic institutions,
    industries, regional laboratories and others to promote information sharing, gain
    knowledge and access to test methods, chemicals & reagents and innovative laboratory
    tools.
     Provide advice to the SA on matters pertaining to resources, specifications, processes
    systems and. new practice/developments within the Directorate which may have an
    impact on the effective and efficient delivery of activity targets
     Ensure maintenance of health and safety standards within the Directorate; adhere to
    national and international safety standards and guidelines.
     To ensure cooperation with other Directorates to foster collaboration and build inter
    support systems to facilitate efficiency in NDA services delivery.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as assigned by the Secretary to
    the Authority from time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy plus a Masters’ degree in
    Pharmaceutical Analysis.
     A post graduate diploma in management studies
     Registration with relevant professional body
    Experience:
     A minimum of Twelve (12) years post qualifying experience in Quality Control and
    Quality Assurance of pharmaceuticals five (5) of which should have been at a senior
    managerial position preferably in a regulatory environment.
    .Key Competencies:
     Proficiency in Quality Control testing of medicines, public health chemicals,
    medical devices and related products.
     Good understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 standard and WHO Good Practices for
    Quality Control Laboratories.
     Proven ability to use computerized and automated laboratory equipment.
     Good understanding of National, Regional and International Standards, norms and
    practices as they relate to Drug Regulation and Control.
     Proven experience in Good Manufacturing Practice
     Product dossier assessment/evaluation skills.
     High moral integrity
     Good analytical skills


    17. Analyst
    Vacancies: Five (5)
    Department: Laboratory Services
    Reports to: Principal Officer
    Direct reports: Lab Assistants and Technicians
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: National Drug Quality Control Laboratory-Mulago.
    Job Purpose:
    To ensure timely and accurate quality control testing of samples submitted and report
    results.
    Duties and Responsibilities
     Tests daily, all allocated samples according to approved test methods and
    procedures
     Participate, as required or requested, in bi-weekly meetings for planning and
    making schedules of samples to be tested and re-tested
     Compute data and generate sample analytical test reports, as require or
    requested, and forward them to the Senior Drug Quality Analyst and also
    participate in bi-weekly planning meetings
     Responsible for implementation of, and adherence to the required national and
    international standards and practices in the process of testing samples,
    management and control of data and test results.
     Participate as required or requested, in analytical method validation and in writing
    and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), protocols, guidelines,
    specifications and other documents for NDA activities
     Participate as required or requested, in the testing of international inter-laboratory
    proficiency samples, review and report results
     Participate in preparing the annual activity plan and budget for the directorate
     Participate as required or requested, in the initiation of procurements, drawing of
    specifications as well as the evaluation of bids and quotations
     Review general and technical correspondences and queries, and advise on the
    appropriate response to particular situations
     Participate as required or requested, in local and foreign cGMP inspection, write
    reports and present them to the Good Manufacturing Practice Peer Review
    Committee (GPRC)
     Participate as required or requested, in workshops, seminars and retreats
     Attend departmental, inter-departmental, general staff, technical committee
    meetings and any other relevant internal or external meetings as required or
    requested
     Carry out Analytical method validation/ Verification as required or requested.
     Carry out equipment calibration/ maintenance as required or requested by the
    supervisor
     Train as required, new staff, intern students and intern pharmacists
     Maintain weekly a database of allocated samples tested or activities performed
     Carry out any other duties as requested or required by the Senior Drug Quality
    Analyst Head QC Department
    Education:
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Microbiology and
    Biochemistry from a recognised university.
     Proficiency in Quality Control testing of medicines, public health chemicals,
    medical devices and related products.
     Knowledge of Good laboratory and analytical practices
    Competences
     Good analytical, reporting and communication skills
     Proficient in computer applications MS word, Excel and Access
     Team player
     Works with minimum supervision
     High integrity
     Good judgement


    18. Laboratory Assistant
    Vacancies: Four (4)
    Department: Directory of Laboratory Services
    Reports to: Laboratory Technician
    Direct reports: N/A
    Salary scale: NDA H
    Location: National Drug Quality Control Laboratory-Mulago.

    Job Purpose:
    To take custody of laboratory supplies and clean laboratory equipment
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Ensure safe custody of laboratory equipment and supplies
     Ensure cleanliness of laboratory equipment in accordance with written procedures.
     Distill water and prepares chemical reagents for use in testing of samples
     Receives samples for testing from the data clerk and delivers them to the laboratory.
     Delivers samples for storage to the retention stores for proper storage
     Participate in sample preparation for attribute sampling
     Ensure glassware is clean and fit for intended use according to laboratory procedures.
     Daily verification of pH meters and analytical balances.
     Participate in laboratory quality management system activities as required.
     Ensure good housekeeping practices and cleaning of laboratory testing areas.
     Any other duties as assigned from time to time
    Education:
     Minimum of an Ordinary Diploma in Laboratory Technology (Chemistry) from a
    reputable Institution.


    19. Laboratory Technician
    Vacancies: Seven (7)
    Department: Laboratory Services
    Reports to: Medical Device Officer
    Direct reports: Laboratory Assistants
    Salary scale: NDA G
    Location: National Drug Quality Control Laboratory-Mulago.

    Job Purpose:
    To ensure timely quality control testing of medical device samples and reporting of results
    in accordance with approved test procedures, standards and specifications, and in
    conformance with Good Analytical and Laboratory practices
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Receive and verify medical device samples prior to testing
     Prepare medical device samples prior to testing and fill records and log books.
     Test samples of condoms, medical gloves and other medical devices according to
    SOPS and record the raw data results on analytical worksheets and in the laboratory
    collection software system.
     Perform data analysis and prepare test reports.
     Prepare and present weekly activity reports and present them to the supervisor.
     Perform preventive maintenance of the condom/glove testing equipment and other
    equipment available.
     Review manufacturers batch testing documentation and make written document
    review reports.
     Participate in writing of SOPs and other QMS activities of the department with
    reference to ISO 17025.
     Test samples for intra-laboratory and international inter-laboratory proficiency testing
    trials.
     Carry out test-method optimization and or/validation of analytical inter-laboratory
    proficiency testing trials.
     Carry out test-method optimized and/or validation of analytical test methods for
    different medical device products (where needed).
     Respond to queries and advise on the appropriate response to particular situations.
     Ensure that all the required or necessary equipment, chemicals and reagents,
    reference materials, books and other appropriate literature are appropriately used and
    as per SOPs.
     Take part in the NDA Technical Committee meetings whenever called upon
     Liaise with other staff members within the department regarding issues related to the
    testing of samples.
     Perform any other similar duties assigned by the Supervisor from time to time.
    Education:
     Minimum of an Ordinary Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology (Chemistry
    or Physics)
     Experience in testing of medical devices e.g Male latex condoms, medical surgical
    gloves, examination gloves is an advantage.
    Key Competencies:
     Good analytical and reporting skills
     High integrity
     Pays attention to details
     Must be able to work as a team
     Ability to work with minimum supervision
     Good communication skills and fluent in English language.


    20. Head Procurement
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Office of the Secretary to the Authority
    Reports to: Secretary to the Authority
    Direct reports: Procurement Officers
    Salary scale: NDA C
    Location: Head Office.

    Job Purpose:
    Head the procurement and disposal department to effectively procure goods,services and
    works in line with the PPDA Act & Regulations.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Manage the Procurement and Disposal department by formulating short and long term
    Work Plans and supervises the implementation of such plans in line with the PPDA
    Act, Regulations, Guidelines and NDA procurement plan
     Advise the Secretary to the Authority on all matters relating to procurement and
    disposal of assets
     Prepare procurement plans, budgets and control the resources of the department
     Prepare periodic reports to the Contracts Committee & Accounting Officer
     Liaise with PPDA on all matters of procurement and disposal including filing monthly
    procurement reports
     To coordinate the development of the budget for the Department and ensure effective
    budget management with the objective of cost saving
     To ensure that processes, systems and procedures needed for quality enhancement
    of the services offered by the Department are established and implemented
     To be responsible for the identification and minimization of risks to minimize negative
    impact on the operations of the Department in particular and NDA in general
     Evaluate all procurement requirements and recommend the most appropriate
    procurement procedures
     Track performance of all supply contracts, ensuring contract managers file regular
    reports and confirm delivery of goods/services.
     Establish and implement performance monitoring system for all suppliers and provide
    timely updates.
     Prepare draft bidding documents, requests for proposal, issue , receipt, opening and
    review evaluation reports for procurement of goods, and services
     Conduct training for members of the Contracts and Evaluation Committees and user
    departments on basic procurement principles and contract management, whenever
    necessary
     Oversee development and implementation of standardized procurement management
    policies, regulations and procedures across NDA and ensure they are regularly
    updated
     Oversee the boarding off and disposal of assets in consultation with user directorates/
    departments in accordance with NDA’s guidelines and PPDA regulations.
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from time
    to time.
    Education
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in procurement and,
     A Master’s degree majoring in Procurement
     CIPS full membership professional qualification is a MUST
    Experience
     A minimum of ten (10) years working experience, five (5) of which should have
    been as a manager or at senior management position in reputable organization.
    Key Competencies
     Strong problem-solving and process improvement skills are imperative.
     Should have knowledge of, and experience with the PPDA Act and regulations;
     Should demonstrate experience in planning and implementing procurements;
     High integrity and strong interpersonal skills, good communication skills and be
    self-driven;
     Flexible and able to respond effectively to unforeseen workplace circumstances;
     High maturity of character with high levels of confidentiality;
     Excellent analytical skills, good oral and written skills ;
     Knowledge and experience using specialized procurement packages.
    21. Manager Public Relations


    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Office of the Secretary to the Authority
    Reports to: Secretary to the Authority
    Direct reports: Public Relations Officer
    Salary scale: NDA D
    Location: Head Office.

    Job Purpose:
    To continuously enhance and protect NDA with an unwavering focus on building and
    maintaining NDA’s reputation and image.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Manage the Public Relations Unit by formulating short and long term Public
    relations and Communication strategies and supervise implementation of such
    plans
     Increase public awareness of NDA’s vision and strategies, value propositions and
    develop NDA’s corporate image and identity
     Identify main client groups and audiences and determine the best way to reach
    them
     Monitor, track and advise on all NDA / medicines regulatory news related articles
    and releases.
     Grow and manage NDA’s social media content
     Monitor stakeholder dialogue and feedback, synthesize and make
    recommendations for action
     Establish and maintain relationships with key media outlets.
     Assist in managing crisis communications related to NDA’s regulatory mandate.
     Develop, review and implement communication and public relations policy,
    guidelines and SOPs
     Prepare periodic reports outlining the performance of the unit
     Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as may be assigned from
    time to time.
    Education
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Mass communication, Public relations,
    Journalism, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and
     Master’s in Mass communication, Public relations, Public Health, Business
    Administration
    Experience
     A minimum of eight (8) years working experience, five (5) of which should have
    been as a manager or at senior management position in reputable organization.
    Key Competencies
     Excellent written and communication skills;
     Flexible and able to respond effectively to unforeseen workplace circumstances;
     High maturity of character with high levels of confidentiality;
     Knowledge and experience using Computer applications.


    22. Legal Officer
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Office of the Secretary to the Authority
    Reports to: Head Legal
    Direct reports: None
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office.

    Job Purpose:
    To provide legal services and counsel in the interests of NDA
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Representation of NDA in Courts of Law
     Prosecute cases on behalf of NDA in the Magistrates and High Court of Uganda
     Handle criminal appeals in higher courts of Uganda.
     Conduct legal research
     Prepare committal papers
     Provide input in the development and implementation of enforcement and investigation
    procedures.
     Provide legal advice in respect of compliance with the National Drug policy and
    Authority Act.
     Guide and provide legal advice to staff in other directorates and departments on the
    operationalization of the NDP/Act.
     Provide advice in respect of other legal corporate matters and ensuring compliance
    with other Laws of Uganda.
     Participate in the review of existing legislation governing the operations of NDA and
    advice on areas for amendment.
     Drafting legal documents and other legal correspondences.
     Participate in workshops, seminars and retreats as required or requested, for capacity
    building and information sharing with stakeholders and relevant partners.
     Participate in quarterly and annual performance/management review meetings to
    report on progress on planned activities and guide management decisions for continual
    improvement.
     Contribute to the good image of NDA to its internal and external publics and to foster
    operation and understanding with other national and international bodies.
     Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor from time to time.
    Education
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from a recognized University.
     Post Graduate Diploma in legal Practice from Law Development Centre.
     A valid Practicing Certificate
    Experience
    Three years’ experience in similar position in a reputable organization
    Competences
     Good analytical, reporting and communication skills.
     High personal integrity
     Good interpersonal skills
     Excellent legal drafting skills


    23. Internal Auditor
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Department: Internal Auditor
    Reports to: Head Internal Audit
    Direct reports: None
    Salary scale: NDA F
    Location: Head Office

    Job Purpose:
     To assist the Head Internal Audit in the process of continuous appraisal and review to
    provide independent assurance that risk management, governance
    and internal control processes are operating effectively.
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Conduct compliance audits and reviews to ensure adherence to relevant laws,
    statutes, administrative and financial procedures including verification of records
    for accuracy and reliability in accordance with prescribed audit standards
     Assure that referral of matters and issues which arise from observations are
    followed up according to the Audit Protocols on a timely basis
     Take part in emergency reviews and investigations in accordance with the NDA
    Audit guidelines.
     Develop audit work plans for assigned audit engagements and develop audit
    correction plans in a clear, concise and timely manner including implementable
    recommendations which have been discussed and agreed upon with the Head of
    Department
     Follow-up to ensure findings have been responded to and addressed.
     Collect, document and submit observations concerning fraud to the Head of
    Department
     Participate as shall be required in ad hoc reviews and effectiveness evaluations.
     Monitor practice and test controls, compliance with all policies and procedures
     Prepare timely monthly, quarterly, bi annual and annual internal audit reports and
    present to management
     To carry out any other duties as assigned from time to time by Supervisor.
    Education
     Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Accounting option) or Business
    Administration (Finance) or its equivalent.
     Qualified Accountant with professional qualifications in ACCA, CPA.
    Minimum Experience
     Minimum of three (3) years working experience in auditing in a reputable
    organization / firm
    Key Competencies
     High sense of integrity and professionalism.
     Great attention to detail
     A strong team player
     Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
     Computer literacy and proficiency in major accounting packages preferably
    NAVISION and Microsoft Office applications.


    24. Court Clerk
    Vacancies: One (1)
    Directorate: Office of the Secretary to the Authority
    Reports to: Legal Officer
    Direct reports: None
    Salary scale: NDA G
    Location: Head Office.

    Job Purpose:
    To provide administrative support to the Department of Legal Services
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     Effecting service of court process within the law and other necessary documents
    as may be requested
     Prepare and depone on documents falling within this domain such as affidavits of
    service and others
     Getting documents commissioned and witnessed
     Fixing of cases for hearing
     Payment of stamp duty and other statutory fees or charges
     To compile lists of litigation cases and update them regularly
     To keep the diary of NDA court cases and bring it to the attention of the Legal
    Officer
     To serve and receive court summons on behalf of the Legal Services Department.
     To carry out any other duties as assigned from time to time by Supervisor.
    Education
     A valid process server’s certificate
     A diploma in law from the Law development Center
    Experience
     At least two (2) years working experience in a similar position
    Key Competencies
     Good interpersonal and communication skills
     Computer literacy in Microsoft Office applications.
     High degree of integrity

    Application Procedure

    Please submit a cover letter, copies of your academic qualifications together with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating three (3) referees of whom one (1) should be your current or most recent employer not later than 5.00p.m on 10 January, 2018 either electronically to the e-mail address- hr@nda.or.ug   or hand delivered to National Drug Authority office, First Floor, Rumee, Plot 19 Lumumba Avenue opposite TWED PLAZA. Your application should be addressed to the Head Human Resources and Administration, National Drug Authority. 

    Please indicate the vacancy you are applying for in either the email subject or on the cover of the envelope for hand delivered applications. National Drug Authority is an equal Opportunity Employer. Please note that only shortlisted and successful candidate will be contacted.

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    UNTOLD STORY: How SFC Commandos Defused Trader’s Plan To Publicly Embarrass M7 And Some Ministers At Kololo As War On EFRIS Deepens…

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    Some of the traders during their meeting with President Musevei. Iset are their leaders Kabanda (R) and Musoke (L)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was overwhelmed and openly told angry traders to stop intimidating him but instead listen to him just like he also listened to them for more than two hours.

    Museveni made the statement after some traders started shouting on top of their voices.

    Some of them even started to move out of Kololo while he was still speaking.

    However, they were stopped by Special Forces Command (SFC) Commandos from getting out of the Kololo Independence ground gates until the President finished speaking.

    SFC Commandos told some of these angry traders that they had come to listen to the President and since he gave them time, they should also wait until he finishes. One by one they were forced to go back to their seats in the tent.

    President Museveni’s 1981 war comrade and political competitor Dr. Kizza Besigye revealed that it is the first time in many years that he has seen Museveni being publicly embarrassed by civilians.

    However, the mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that what happened at Kololo was not accidental but a planned move which was defused by SFC Commandos.

    Highly placed sources within traders leadership revealed that on the fateful day of 7th May 2024, a section of traders leadership held a private meeting in the morning at the offices of the Kampala Acarders Traders Association (KATA) chaired by Godfrey Katongole.

    Others in the attendance included; Moses Lwegaba on behalf of Katukazane shoe traders, John Kabanda who represented the Kampala New Generation Traders Association and also the Federation of Uganda Traders Association.

    Sources divulged that the gist of the meeting was to strategise on how to counter the submissions of Dr. Thaddeus Musoke Nagenda the chairperson of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) and his Secretary Isa Ssekito.

    They suspected that KACITA had plans of diverting the President from addressing the real issues by resorting to praising him.

    They alleged that they established that on several occasions, KACITA has held private meetings with the president without the knowledge of the traders.

    Before the meeting openly started, Kabanda was grilled and placed on the spot to declare his secret relationship with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda after his colleagues openly told him that he also might be working with their enemies.

    Kabanda denied the allegations.

    The traders leadership became suspicious of Kabanda when he supported Minister Minsa in one of the precursor heated meeting at Hotel African where she was trying to convince all traders not to bring the issue of landlords who are mistreating them before the president because it was not discussed in the previous meeting held in State House in April 2024.

    They told Kabanda that what he did to support the Minister was an act of betrayal because he also knows very well that landlords harass them just like the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing Solution (EFRIS).

    They started accusing him of being bribed by landlords.

    Traders disclosed that it seems the landlords who Kabanda wanted to save are the ones who supported his lavish wedding last week. The meeting ended in fighting and Minister Minsa was saved by his security.

    In the Tuesday meeting, Kabanda assured fellow traders leadership that he is with them and a decision was taken to inform their respective members on their different WhatsApp groups to storm out of the meeting immediately once they discover that Museveni is not going to ban the use of EFRIS.,

    This is what they tried to do but the move was fused by SFC Commandos.

    However, before Museveni addressed the traders, some of their leaders had successfully executed their mission of exposing Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja Musafire and Junior Minster for investment Evelyn Anite who they declared a mafia who takes fake investors to President Museveni who give her incentives.

    They accused the said investors of facilitating smuggling of goods into the country.

    Minister Minsa, who feared that traders were going to embarrass her before her boss was forced off the microphone because they were shouting at her for not helping them.

    Sources said that the ministers were embarrassed before their boss because some leaders of the traders have information that they are sealing deals with KACITA leadership which are costing the common trader.

    Traders further sent a warning message to President Museveni, his ministers and Members of Parliament (MP) that if their issues are not solved they are ready to stand against them or support by financially facilitating their opponents in the coming elections.

    Democratic Party’s Richard Ssebamala the Bukoto Central MP warned President Museveni to be very careful with traders issues because for a long time, they have not been involving themselves in political issues especially during elections but only concentrated on their businesses.

    But now that they have issues, if these concerns are not properly resolved, it may be a spark for his downfall.

    Some Ministers were shocked when angry traders praised fired trade minister Harriet Ntambazi telling Museveni that mafias in the Ministry of Finance and those in the Trade Ministry fought her and misled the President even though she always acted swiftly in resolving their problems.

    theGrapevine established that Ntambazi always supported Kabanda’s leadership and she was a ground minister who attended traders meetings in Kikuubo and other places and one time she nearly survived being tear gassed by police in Kikuubo who accussed he of attending an illegal meeting.

    However, former trade minister Amelia Kyambadde claims that people who make such statements before the president are always paid by the side which is fighting a certain government official who is embarrassed before the president.

    Nabbanja denied the allegations that she is not responding to Kabanda’s letters and explained to the President that she has never seen any letter from Kabanda.

    She wondered why Kabanda didn’t come to her country home in Kakumiro district since he is a son from the neighbouring Mubende district.

    Sources disclosed that Kampala city junior minister Christopher Kabuye Kyofatogabye predicted that he was going to be embarrassed before the president because the traders accussed him of being very arrogant and using the divide and rule method to frustrate their fight against high taxation.

    He decided not to attend the meeting but his car was cited at the premises of Kololo Independent ground.

    Even though the traders were served drinks and food, with some claiming that over 20 cows were slaughtered for them, some have decided that they will not attend the next meeting  with the President come 20th of June 2026.

    Sources added that a section of traders’ leadership are buying the proposal that the 20th June meeting should only be attended by their leaders. But Kabanda insists that all traders should attend.

    Other traders want to get an expert in tax laws to lead them during their negotiations with URA insisting that URA officials are exploiting their ignorance on tax issues to double tax them.

    Sources among the traders disclosed that they have started engaging Kabanda not to politicize their fight against high taxation by threatening that if EFRIS is not banned, they will carry out a three months strike by closing their shops.

    However, Dr. Besigye predicted that Museveni is going to use guerrilla war tactics to divide traders and very soon they are going to start fighting each other.

    Joseph Tamale Mirundi the senior presidential advisor on media told theGrapevine that Museveni will not ban EFRIS because banning it will attract other people including policemen and women, teachers, doctors to strike because they will have established that he fears strike.

    He added that traders lack serious knowledgeable leaders who can compromise Museveni to side with them.

    He insisted that Museveni clearly know that people like Ssekito are dealers who are always used by his opponents and government mafias to pressurize him on traders’ issues, which is why he does not respect them.

    He questioned the expertise of URA and Ministry of Finance when it comes to traders and tax issues because instead of widening the tax base they are harassing the poor traders.

    He however challenged Museveni on the issue of stopping traders from importing goods from abroad revealing that much of the products which they would have exported with additional value are monopolised by members of his family so the traders don’t want to enter open competition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    KCCA Minister Kabuye Narrates How He Survived Being Humiliated In State House By Angry Traders Before M7…

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    Minister Kabuye Kyofatogabye (L) with KACITA boss Thaddeus Musoke (R)

    Maverick Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Junior Minister Joseph Christopher Kabuye Kyofatogabye has narrated how he survived being humiliated by angry traders at State House before his boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni last week.

    Minister Kabuye was part of the team that organised the meeting between President Museveni and traders to solve their tax grievances with Uganda Revenue Authority  (URA) after they closed their shops for a week.

    The angry traders were protesting against the high tax levies slapped on them and the use of the Electronic Fiscal Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS) as a mechanism to collect taxes.

    Minister Kabuye revealed that he chickened out of the meeting at the last moment because his intelligence briefed him at the last hour before the meeting that there was a group of traders who had strategised to humiliate him before the President like they tried to do to URA Commissioner General John Musinguzi Rujoki.

    theGrapevine recently reported how a female trader, a one Doreen Nakirya shocked the meeting when she told the President that Rujoki’s men sexually harass female traders when collecting taxes and the president directed his Special Forces Command (SFC) detectives to record statements from both from Nakirya and the male taxman who she accused of sexual harassment. They were later released.

    Kabuye said that a section of traders were not happy when he told them not to first consult National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) on what to tell Museveni yet others were planning to ‘Kulabisa’ Museveni as Bobi Wine encouraged them to do by exposing and humiliating leaders.

    “Those people who were stopped at the State House gate were not traders but they were taken to State House to humiliate me. Never joke with the government, it has intelligence,” Kabuye boasted.

    Sources within the traders associations confirmed the allegation adding that they wanted to tell the president that Kabuye was using government’s money to bribe a section of traders to withdraw from the strike so that he is praised as an influential minister in the city.

    The sources added that when Kabuye invited the traders at Africana Hotel to discuss their issues before meeting the president, he came with people who they didn’t know in the trader’s circle and his plan was to declare before the media that they are ready to open the shops.

    “We identified them before the meeting and we started grilling them to tell us where they operate business from and their shop numbers. When they failed, we forced them out of the meeting and we frustrated Kabuye’s meeting,” one of the leaders in the trader association said.

    He divulged that they wanted to tell the President that Kabuye is very arrogant and doesn’t listen to them and like former KCCA Executive Director Jenniffer Musisi, he runs the city on orders.

    He added that they know that political leaders are mobilizing non traders to be taken to President Museveni’s meeting on 7th May 2024 at Kololo Independent grounds to tell lies to the big man.

    On that date, Museveni is expected to make a final announcement on the issue of EFRIS.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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