By Ismael Kasooha
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has today officially received the new Permanent Secretary (PS) Dunstan Balaba.
Balaba replaces the late Keith Muhakanizi, who passed away in April this year.
Rose Alenga, who has been the Ag. PS handed over the office to Balaba witnessed by the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja during the Senior Top Management meeting at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala.
While handing over, the outgoing Ag. PS Rose Alenga thanked the Prime Minister for entrusting her with the responsibility to hold forte of such an office since June 2023.
Alenga said that there were some concerns that need to be addressed by the new PS including the unending investigations that are a stumbling block in execution of duties by the various civil servants at OPM.
“Well there are serious concerns regarding the unending investigations at OPM which are even preventing the staff from delivering services because of fear,” said Alenga.
Dunstan Balaba while receiving the office said that he was joining OPM to add a block to what his predecessors had done and called for team work.
“I treasure three pillars, team work, timeliness and transparency. If we stick to these we shall move miles,” said Balaba.
Balaba promised to build the image of OPM by ensuring that service delivery is done on time. He said he was ready to take up the mantle.
The District Chairman of Buikwe where Balaba was working as the Chief Administrative Officer, Jimmy Kanabi, thanked the President for appointing Balaba as the PS OPM.
The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja with her Deputies and Ministers at OPM pose for a group photo as they welcomed the new Permanent Secretary Office of the Prime Minister Dunstan Balaba
The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja welcomed the new PS and promised to give him the necessary support in the execution of his duties.
The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rebbeca Kadaga, 2nd Deputy Prime Minister General Moses Ali and all the Ministers at OPM were present at the function.
Dunstan Balaba has been the Chairperson of all Chief Administrative Officers in the country and has served in several districts. He is a seasoned civil servant with over 32 years of experience. Before his recent deployment to the OPM, Balaba was serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for Buikwe District. He also served as CAO in Adjumani, Mayuge, Tororo, Kibaale and Kabarole among others.