The State house comptroller, Lucy Nakyobe has disowned Catherine Kusasira and Mark Bugembe, commonly known as Buchaman as staff of State House under the category of Presidential Advisor. Nakyobe, while speaking Presidential Affairs Committee, says that the President is yet to put their appointment in writing.
“It is for that reason that they are not entitled to salary as State House staff,” Nakyobe told the Presidential Affairs committee. Lucy Nakyobe and a team from the State house were appearing before the committee to present the institution’s budget estimate. From the figures, there were no changes in the amount estimated for Presidential Advisors’ salaries even after the President had appointed a few more in 2019. It was at this point that the MPs on the committee questioned the comptroller on issues to do with salaries of presidential advisors.
Early November 2019, while meeting youth from the slums of Nateete and Kibuye, President Museveni announced the appointment of the two musicians. The State house comptroller is not the first authority to mention that the two artistes are not entitled to a salary from government.
Two weeks after the President announced their appointment, the Ministry of Public Service made it clear that Kusasira and Buchaman were not civil servants yet and are therefore not entitled to the salary that comes with the position President Museveni offered them.
“The appointments are based on one’s social standing, it can be on technical competence, but we have not seen Buchaman and Kusasira’s appointments,” David Karubanga the State Minister for Public service said.