Bank of Uganda’s Human Resource Director Dr. Jan Tibamwenda is under scrutiny over conflict of interest for vetting his son for a job at the Central Bank.
David Tibamwenda was one of the close to 4,000 applicants for Banking Officer jobs at BoU.
Tibamwenda Jr was an applicant for a BoU job, alongside Agaba Moses Edmond, a son to Charles Mwesigwa the recently retired Deputy Director in charge of Procurement and it gets even murkier as the two are accused of not having the minimum qualifications – a first class or upper second class degree.
Tibamwenda is adamant saying the vetting process was undertaken by external consultants and he just played a supervisory role.
“My son has good marks and his application will be vetted by the external consultant who has been engaged by the BoU. There is no way we can influence things in his favour to just give him a job,” Tibamwenda told an online news outlet.
BoU Deputy Director for Communication Kelvin Kizito Kiyingi said it was premature to talk about a shortlist as over 3600 candidates applied for the 40 available positions.
“The shortlist has not yet been finalized. It is pre-mature to talk about a shortlist at this time. Bank of Uganda will make an announcement when the shortlist has been finalized,” he said.
Kiyingi also downplayed the issue of staff influencing the process to give jobs to their relatives.
The question however is, should the son of a Human Resource Director in a public institution be applying for a job in that institution in the first place?