Following the firing of Sam Rwakoojo last week, Mr. Leonard Mulekwa has been appointed the acting secretary and accounting officer of the electoral commission.
This development was confirmed by EC Chairperson, Justice Byabakama Simon, elevating Mr Mulekwa from Director Of Operations.
I can confirm to you that we have appointed Mr Leonard Mulekwa as the acting secretary and accounting officer to the Commission. What we are now going to do is to write to the Finance ministry to inform them that he is now the accounting officer and the process of accessing funds can be cleared.Justice Byabakama
With only two directors left at the EC, Justice Byabakama argued that Mr Mulekwa was the more senior colleague to take on the role previously occupied by Sam Rwakoojo.
Given that government standing orders say one cannot serve in acting position for more than six months, Mr Mulekwa’s appointment will run until January, with the general elections to happen the following month – February.