Introduction to
Corporate Governance

Ms Agnes Tibayeita Isharaza, Corporation Secretary

Acknowledgement for providing legal advice and solutions

The Legal and Board Affairs Department’s key primary mandate is to proactively manage the Fund’s legal risk by providing legal advice and solutions to facilitate the Fund’s business. The Department is an approved Law Chamber operating on private legal practice norms.

I am delighted to report that for the second year running, the Legal Fraternity nominated and voted the Department as the In-house Legal Team of the year 2022-2023.

Providing support and guidance during the probes

We recognise that in the past year, the Fund has been subjected to investigations by various government agencies. This no doubt created uncertainty about the Fund among its members and stakeholders.

The Legal and Board Affairs Department provided the required support and guidance which has contributed to the stabilisation of the Fund specifically through concerted efforts by the Board and Management in exercising their respective statutory mandates.

Legal sensitisations and legal aid clinics

The Legal and Board Affairs Department will continue to sensitise and empower external and internal stakeholders on the National Social Security Fund Act Cap 222 as amended, and emerging trends in the laws and their impact on the Fund and its members. Together with the relevant stakeholders, we conducted various legal sensitisations and legal aid clinics about compliance with the National Social Security Fund Act, Computer Misuse Act, 2011 and its amendments, conducting procurements in emergency situations with Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA), among others. The Department also sensitised over 700 members at Kakira Sugar Works in Jinja, the Makerere University Public Interest Law Clinic, and contractors providing services to Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) on the Fund’s mandate.

In a bid to effectively sensitise staff members on the interpretation of the amended National Social Security Fund Act, we broke down the Act into sizeable components dubbed “The Legal Series” Season 1: NSSF Amendment Act and seven publications have already been sent to staff. This fosters their understanding of the new provisions as they exercise their mandate and contribute to the Fund’s strategy. They in turn become ambassadors in sensitising the public.

Raising compliance levels

The establishment of an Enforcement and Debt Recovery Unit in the Legal Department has contributed to the Fund maintaining its compliance levels above 50%.

Focus for FY 2024

Our focus in the coming year is as follows:

  • Adoption of the learnings from the investigations cited above through enhancing the Fund’s governance documents including appropriate amendments to the Board Charter and various policy documents
  • Partnering with strategic bodies, apex bodies and regulators to drive compliance with the Fund’s mandate
  • Continue to conduct sensitisations on the amendments of the NSSF Act Cap 222
  • Continue to monitor the litigation trends and adopt strategies to minimise the risk of litigation
  • Continue re-skilling staff on emerging legal trends and practices

We remain committed to both our internal and external stakeholders and are confident that together we will accomplish the Fund’s purpose “to make lives better.”