Government chief executives should be paid in a uniform manner — COSASE

Members of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises meeting in Parliament.

There are big discrepancies in the salaries of the chief executives of parastatals, authorities and commissions arising from the legal frameworks which set up the entities, according to a report passed by Parliament last week.

The pay of the chief executives is determined by either line ministers or boards and is not guided by any policy, the report – prepared by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) – says.

“As such, officers in some entities are paid half or quarter of the salary of their colleagues elsewhere to perform similar functions,” according to the report.

The highest paid chief executive named in the report – Bank of Uganda’s Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile – earns Shs53 million per month – while the lowest paid, UBC’s managing director, is paid Shs4 million a month. The document lists the pay of 36 chief executives.

Entity Job Title Executive Salary (Shs)
Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile 53.31 million
Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Doris Akol 40 million
National Social Security Fund Managing Director Richard Byarugaba 39 million
Vision Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga 37.33 million
Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi 36.96 million
National Medical Stores General Manager Moses Kamabare 35.22 million
National Information Technology Authority Executive Director James Saaka 34.37 million
Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd Managing Director Erias Kiyemba 32.51 million
Civil Aviation Authority Managing Director Rama Makuza 30 million
National Water and Sewerage Corporation Managing Director Silver Mugisha 30 million
Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd Managing Director Harrison Mutikanga 26 million
Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Ltd Managing Director Joseph Katera 25.30 million
Rural Electrification Agency Executive Director Godfrey Turyahikayo 24.79 million
Uganda Development Bank Chief Executive Officer Adongo Patricia Ojangole 24 million
National Housing and Construction Company Ltd Chief Executive Officer Parity Twinomujuni 20.92 million
Uganda National Bureau of Standards Executive Director Ben Manyindo 20 million
Uganda Coffee Development Authority Executive Director Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira 20 million
Uganda Wildlife Authority Executive Director Andrew Sseguya 19 million
Cotton Development Organisation Managing Director Jolly K. Sabune 18.62 million
Privatisation Unit Director Moses Mwase 18.2 million
National Forestry Authority Executive Director Michael Mugisa 18 million
Uganda Investment Authority Executive Director Frank Ssebowa 16 million
PPDA Executive Director Cornelia Sabiiti 15 million
Uganda Post Ltd Managing Director James Arinaitwe 13.75 million
National Drug Authority Executive Secretary Donna Asiimwe Kusemererwa 13.30 million
National Planning Authority Executive Director Joseph Muvawala 12.51 million
National Environment Management Authority Executive Director Tom Okurut 12.48 million
Diary Development Authority Executive Director Jolly Zaribwende 11 million
Air Cargo General Manager Kyankya Guyina Fred 10.25 million
Uganda National Cultural Centre Executive Director Ojede Francis Peter 10 million
National Council for Higher Education Executive Director John Opuda-Asibo 9.80 million
Uganda Property Holdings Ltd Chief Executive Officer Martin Kihembo 8.70 million
Uganda Railways Corporation Managing Director Charles Kateeba 8.70 million
Namboole Managing Director Ssewanyana Jamir 8.50 million
Uganda Export Promotion Board Managing Director Elly Twineyo Kamugisha 7.40 million
Uganda Broadcasting Corporation Managing Director Winston Agaba 4.10 million

The committee takes issue with the differing salaries of executives handling entities with similar classifications. For example, the heads of the Uganda Revenue Authority and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority earn Shs40 million and Shs15 million respectively, yet both entities are authorities.

Similarly, the chief executive of Vision Group is paid Shs37 million while that of Uganda Property Holdings Ltd earns Shs8.7 million; both entities are corporations.

Accordingly, the committee recommends that pay “should be determined in accordance with the classification of the entity.” It adds: “All officers appointed to authorities should be remunerated in a uniform manner while those appointed to institutes, centers, commissions, and corporations should ordinarily attract the same pay.”

The report was finalised in May 2015. It looked at the audited accounts – of 2011, 2012, and 2013 – as well as the performance of entities in which the government has a stake, and regulatory bodies.