Ugandans were dazed on Friday by an expressive letter authored by the former Director of the Public Private Partnership unit Beatrice Florah Ikilai, to Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary, Keith Muhakanizi.
The letter, oddly, didn’t address the organizational but personal matters including funeral memories.
The Permanent Secretary in a letter Ref: PPP 326/430/02 informed Ikilai that her stint as the acting director of the body that was established in August 2015 had come to an end, to pave way for the appointment of a substantive director.
A week later, on June 6th 2018 Ikilai wrote to the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija accusing Muhakanizi to being unfair to her because of her gender and tribe (Ateso).
On June 8th 2018 she wrote another letter to Kasaija as the political head of the ministry, asking him to reign on Muhakanizi to overturn the rescission of her secondment.
To her surprise, the unrelenting Muhakanizi wrote a second letter on June 12th 2018 with a strong tone threatening disciplinary action against her if she didn’t comply and hand over office.
“After careful study of the issues raised in your memos to the Minister, it was agreed that your secondment to the PPP Unit was an administrative decision made and aimed at supporting the setting up of the Unit,” part of Muhakanizi’s letter said.
Kasaija and his state ministers upheld the removal of Ikilai and directed that she should hand over office in one week.
“This is therefore to inform you that the cancelling of your secondment is upheld and you are directed to handover and report back for assignment of duties in your substantive position.”
The time frame for handover was emphasized and also warned her to get for ready for disciplinary action in case she declines.
“The handover should be done by Monday 18th June 2018 at 3:00pm. Failure to do as directed will leave me with no option but to take disciplinary action against you.”