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Gov’t Officials Tried Legal Jargon to Frustrate UTL Audit

The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) Board Member, Morrison Rwakakamba, has commended the Minister of State for Finance in charge of Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite for standing her ground on her decision to audit Uganda Telecom Limited.

Rwakakamba said some people wanted to use legal avenues to negate accountability but Anite relentlessly tussled and defeated them.

Ugandans should indeed celebrate. Many sought to hide behind legal jargon to frustrate audit,” said Rwakakamba.

He noted that court affirmed the wisdom that audit should be done before the expiry of the current controversial administration under Bemanya Twebaze.

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They said audit should wait until end of the Administration period in November. Anite wanted audit now and the President agreed with her,” he noted.

The Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana and alter his senior, William Byaruhanga, had defended Twebaze’s position that audit can only happen in November.

Anite went ahead and appointed the Ministry of Finance Internal Auditor to carryout audit into UTL and report in one month.

President Museveni supported Anite’s call for audit. 

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Maneuvers to delay the audit in motion were deployed (remember UTL demands more money from UBC than UBC demands from UTL)- but Justice acted quickly affirming position of the President and Anite,” added Rwakakamba.

He stressed that accountability is part of government’s responsibility to the citizens of Uganda.

“Government is a creditor, shareholder, capitalizer and consenter to UTL Administration. And government has a leadershipaccountable to people of Uganda,” said Rwakakamba. 

Whatever the views or feelings one has against Anite; shetenaciously pitched for transparency and in effect Ugandans are winning.  There could be huddles ahead, twists etc. But path to transparency in the UTL institution is on,” said Rwakakamba. 

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