David Nahamya Appointed Substantive Secretary of National Drug Authority

Dr David Nahamya, the Secretary of National Drug Authority (NDA)

Six months after he was appointed in acting capacity as the Secretary for the National Drug Authority (NDA), Dr David Nahamya has been named the substantive Secretary to the Authority.

Nahamya was appointed to the position (Acting Secretary) in February this year, replacing Donna Kusemererwa who was ordered to vacate her office by the Court of Appeal in Kampala.

Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, the Chairperson of NDA announced in a statement in February that Nahamya who had been Director of Inspectorate and Enforcement had taken up the top role.

On Thursday, NDA announced on their website that Dr Nahamya has been appointed Secretary to the Authority of National Drug Authority effective August 1, 2019.  

He joined NDA in April 2001 as an Inspector of Drugs, and later posted as Regional Inspector of Drugs Eastern Region.

In 2006, he served as Regional Inspector of Drugs Central Region and later transferred to Head Office as Senior Inspector of Drugs in charge of Licensing Market Surveillance and Enforcement.

In 2017, he became the acting Head Drug Inspectorate Services and later appointed Director Inspectorate and Enforcement.

His experience in drug regulation and management spans over 18 years.

Nahamya is a Pharmacist by profession and holds Masters’ degrees in the fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Havana, Health Economics from the University of Cape Town, and Business Administration from ESAMI.

In February, court of Appeal dismissed an application in which Donna Asiimmwe Kusemererwa (former Secretary of NDA) had appealed the orders of the High Court amongst which, an injunction was issued restraining her from acting in the position of the Secretary to the Authority.

It followed a civil suit filed by Florence Nakachwa, the former Head of Drug Assessment and Registration at NDA in which she challenged Kusemerewa’s appointment.

In her application, Nakacwa argued that Kusemererwa’s appointment was inconsistent with Section 54(2) of the NDA Act, thus illegally occupying the office.


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