David Livingstone Ebiru, besieged Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), has been fired in accordance with Section 11(2), (5) (b) and (c) of the UNBS Amendment Act 2013.
In a letter dated August 4, 2023, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives, Francis Mwebesa, agrees with the recommendations of the National Standards Council to have him relieved of his duties.
“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to inform you that I hereby dismiss you from the position of Executive Director of UNBS with immediate effect; in accordance with Section 11(2), (5) (b) and (c) of the UNBS Amendment Act 2013,” the letter read in part.
The Minister noted that Ebiru’s own admission of bribery under oath and later an attempt to withdraw such allegations caused severe damage to his reputation as Chairman and member of the council.
A special meeting was held on August 1, 2023, where the National Standards Council reviewed and analysed evidence concerning the allegations of misconduct, mismanagement, and misappropriation of funds and Ebiru’s response and found him guilty.
Minister Mwebesa, while appearing before the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), was shocked to learn that Ebiru was still holding office, yet he had been sent on forced leave in June.