Is Workers house ready for Ron Kawamara

Reports indicate that Ron Kawamara, former CEO of Jumia, is emerging as the leading contender for the position of Managing Director at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).

The NSSF is currently led by Acting Managing Director Patrick Ayote, following the departure of Richard Byarugaba due to the end of his tenure.

The government is increasingly looking to appoint business executives to lead the fund as a bona fide commercial enterprise, rather than a government-run organization.

Kawamara, an Oxford graduate, is renowned for his expertise in e-commerce in East Africa and his tenure as Jumia’s CEO for nine years.

He also owns and operates a range of high-end restaurants and hotels in Uganda.

The current NSSF board, senior managers, and Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Amongi are all embroiled in allegations of mishandling workers’ funds.

Reports suggest that Statehouse is taking a more active role in finding the next Managing Director, indicating an increased urgency to overhaul the NSSF’s leadership and accelerate the transition to a business-minded management.

At present, there has been no response from Kawamara regarding the potential appointment