By Mary Karugaba
JENNIFER Musisi Ssemakula, the woman tipped to be the new executive director of Kampala City, has been described as one of the most exceptionally ethical and talented iron ladies in the country.
In a televised address to the nation last week, President Yoweri Museveni said he had already picked someone for the highest office of the city.
To be appointed as the executive director, the person is expected to have substantial experience and qualifications in public management.
Although State House is yet to name the appointee, unofficial sources yesterday said Musisi, the former Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) commissioner for legal and board affairs, was Museveniâ€™s choice.
But who is Musisi? Most friends who talked to New Vision described her as one of the most exceptionally ethical and talented, iron lady the country has ever had.
Former co-workers and friends describe her as a lady who can never be compromised or bribed.
â€œShe is an exceptionally talented and honest person. Her integrity is unquestionable,â€ City lawyer Andrew Kasirye, a contemporary and former president of the Uganda Law Society, said.
â€œKampala needs a lady like her who is a good listener, who cannot be bribed and can bring the stakeholders together. Jennifer is a quick learner and I have no doubt that when it comes to issues of urban planning and management, she will easily adapt,â€ Kasirye said.
Those who worked with her at URA before her contract expired last year described her as a very principled lady.
â€œHer moral standards are really high. Oh, that lady sticks to the truth. In URA, no one can say she had ever received a bribe,â€ one of the URA staff said.
Known to many as the cake lady, Musisi had her (Oâ€™level) education at Tororo Girls and moved Kings College Budo where she completed her Aâ€™level as the schoolâ€™s best student in the Uganda national examinations in 1982 and third best in the country.
Her colleagues at Budo said she was the first deputy â€˜head boyâ€™. The then head boy is the current headmaster, Bakka Male.
She then joined Makerere University where she graduated as a lawyer.
Musisi worked as a legal officer in the office of the academic registrar before moving to Uganda Revenue Authority in 1999 as head of legal services.
At URA, she was the brain behind several changes, including the massive restructuring and whistle blower policy.
After the restructuring, she became the commissioner legal and board affairs, a position she held until her contract expired in February this year.
At URA, she is said to have been one of Commissioner General Allen Kiginaâ€™s most trusted friends.
She is now into private business where she deals in baking commercial cakes under her company, The Cake Lady Company.
New Vision could not get a comment from Musisi as her lines were diverted to Diana Achom, a staff at the cake company.