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Anite Takes on AG Byaruhanga as UTL Saga Deepens

The Privatization and Investment Minister, Evelyne Anite, has asked her superior Matia Kasaija to facilitate the audit of Uganda Telecommunications.

President Museveni recently Anite to cause an audit of UTL, saying he had “heard” some “allegations” which would be confirmed or cleared at the struggling telecom.

Anite responded by directing Finance Ministry Internal Auditor Dr. Fixon Akonye to “conduct an internal audit of UTL activities and evaluate the state of affairs within a period of one month from the date of receiving of this letter.”

However, Kasaija, who was copied in Museveni’s letter to Anite, wrote to Attorney General William Byaruhanga, “to officially request for your further guidance in view of His Excellency’s directive…”

Byaruhanga, in his response this Wednesday, stated that the president’s directive was ambiguous and that government should instead go to Court.”

“Accordingly, the appropriate legal avenue through which the audit maybe carried out, as directed by H.E the President, is having one of the government agencies on the creditor’s list apply to the High Court for order mandating the audit within provisions of the insolvency Act 2011,” said Byaruhanga.

Anite intervenes

In a letter dated July 26, 2019, Anite said she had seen correspondences between Byaruhanga and Kasaija.

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“The comments raised by the Attorney General regarding Uganda Telecom … are indeed not new. As conceded by the AG, they are the same comments contained in their ADM/202/04 of June 28th, 2019 and ADM/7/181/01 of July 1, 2019 correspondences,” said Anite.

Anite’s letter to Kasaija

She says the same letters opposing the audit of UTL were copied to the president.

Anite said despite receiving legal advice from the government lawyers, Museveni went ahead to instruct her to audit the telecom so as to clear allegations.

“I have in effect directed Internal Auditor General to audit UTL and provide a report within one month. As always I count on your support to seamlessly implement the directive of the president that is already in motion,” said Anite.

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