By Goodluck Musinguzi
Dealings at Ministry of Health Headquarters were cash based or cash bonanza. Donor money was the most affected to an extent that officers would carry cash for seminars in cars until when it was freezed.
Do you remember GLOBAL FUNDS, UNICEF, GAVI and others withdrew their monies. Donors decided to spend money and blacklisted the Ministry of Health.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was notified that Uganda was losing money from donors as they cannot accept administrators to misuse it. He appointed Dr Diana Atwine with a mission of restoring Donor Confidence otherwise government of Uganda would find a problem in fulfilling its social contract with people.
Dr Diana Atwine, as New Permanent Secretary changed accounting systems at Ministry of Health. Cash based dealings were scrapped as she embraced electronic transfers and Mobile Money directly from Bank of Uganda and Stanbic bank directly to owners of the money.
Atwine started demanding for accountability of past dealings which led to fire that gutted the accounts section at Ministry of Health. Those who failed to account for the money were interdicted or sacked. She was abused seriously some visited shrines to have her dead or made mad.
Repaying of misused or stolen money was the next phase from Donors, Dr Diana Atwine repayed in order to regain the confidence. Indeed, Donors returned to Ministry of Health spending their money directly through the New Permanent Secretary.
Dr Diana Atwine is seen as a powerful person partly she remains the personal physician of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. She has put plans to improve the Ministry of Health, Mulago ,Regional Referral Hospitals and lower health centers.
Despite of the challenging start, she managed to stabilize the Ministry of Health. Covid19 pandemic found a solid team that never allowed nonsense.
You can defeat Dr Diana Atwine on propaganda but not improving the Ministry of Health. She has been fought left and right but the truth is on her side.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni renewed her contract at Ministry of Health because he does not go by blackmail. Most of the decisions at Ministry of Health are done with approval of President Museveni.
She continues to implement directives from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni which hurt many who think they are failing to partake on the pie.