Ofwono speaks as Museveni sacks Energy PS Isabalija

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Dr. Stephen Robert Isabalija

President Yoweri Museveni has sacked the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Energy, Dr Stephen Isabalija, in less than 10 months of his appointment.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, confirmed the development saying President Museveni terminated the contract of Isabalija two days ago.

He was replaced with Robert Kasande as acting PS.

Dr. Isabalija had expectations that he was supposed to meet but failed so his contract was revoked by the president, Opondo said.

“Museveni doesn’t take any decision in a rush. He has been critical about delivery on working scenarios for lowering energy costs,” Opondo explained.

He added: “Isabalija hasn’t been posted anywhere. The president directed that he should be given a one-month salary lieu.”

Isabalija worked as the Vice Chancellor of troubled Victoria University until last year.

The 41- year old has a degree in commerce from Makerere University, a Masters of Business Administration from the same University and a PhD in management in Public Policy from Southern University in New Orleans, United States.

His troubles are reportedly stemming from his involvement in the Mubende oil refinery building mess.

Isabalija was accused of conniving with a prober Getrude Njuba to choose Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium to build Uganda’s $4 billion oil refinery project in Kabaale, Hoima district, without consulting the powers that be.

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