Eng. Badru Kiggundu appointed NWSC board chairperson

Dr. Eng. Badru Malimbo Kiggundu has been appointed the chairperson of the directors for the National Water Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

This was confirmed by the state minister for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance, Peter Ogwang in Kampala on Friday.

According to Ogwang was a decision to appoint Kiggundu was agreed upon during a cabinet meeting at State House Entebbe on Monday.

Kiggundu who led the Electoral Commission (EC) for 14 consecutive years from November, 2002 to November, 2016 replaces Dr Eng Christopher Ebal whose term of office has expired.

Meanwhile, former East African Legislative Assembly speaker Dan Kidega was also approved as a member of the Board as the Cabinet also approved the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

“It will soon be brought to Parliament for debate,” he said.

According to Ogwang, the objectives of the Bill include provision of additional functions to the Electricity Regulatory Authority on top increasing its funding allocation from 0.3% to 0.7% of the revenue received from generated electrical energy.

It is also intended at empowering the minister to prescribe the procedures for transfer of generation assets to government.

The Bill also prescribes the circumstances under which a holder of a generation license or transmission license may supply electricity to persons other than a bulk supplier.

“It will also provide for deterrent penalties for theft of electricity and vandalism of electrical facilities,” Ogwang said.

Membership and funding of the Electricity Disputes Tribunal is provided for in the Bill.

The Bill also intends to include the regulatory framework the ministry responsible for electricity as a shareholder of the successor company and the other related matters.

Who is Kiggundu:

Full Names: Badru Malimbo Kiggundu

Year of Birth: 1945

Parents: Late Hajji Yonus Luswa and the late Hajati Kabugo Namatovu

Nationality: Nkozi Hospital, Mpigi District – Uganda

Education: Kabasanda Primary School, Kibuli Secondary School for his O-Level studies, Nabumali High School, University of New Mexico (Bsc in Civil Engineering, PhD in Geomaterials) – Carnegie Mellon University, Msc in Civil Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy- University of New Mexico

Career:

Chairman Electoral Commission (2002-2016)

Chairman of Committee on dams (Karuma, Isimba) – 2016 – Todate

Chairman, Board of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) – Appointed 24th July 2020

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