The State Minister for Finance in charge of Investments and Privatization, Evelyn Anite has maintained that the government owned Uganda Telecom Network should be audited and also made to comply with the industry regulations.
Anite during a press briefing at her office on Friday firmly stated that the UTL Administrator, Bemanya Twebaze is a custodian meant to be accountable to the owner of the company.
“Ugandans deserve to know the status of the company and the Administrator as the watchman cannot stop the owner from accessing the company,” said Anite.
A day earlier, on Thursday, Anite told Parliament that government, which owns 31 percent share, has lost access and control of the company due to the conceited blockage of audit by Twebaze.
Twebaze has reportedly made a potentially mutinous pronouncement that UTL operation is not subject to scrutiny by any office except court.
An April 29th 2019 displeased letter from the Uganda Communications Commission, Executive Director, Eng. Mutabazi to Twebaze evidently narrated plethora of offensive and intolerable irregularities in UTL.
“Whilst it is understood that UTL is currently under Administration, UCC is concerned that UTL continues to operate without complying with its regulatory and license obligations,” said the clearly exasperated Mutabazi.
Some of the offenses UTL has perennially committed in contravention with industry regulations are; underutilization of assigned mobile and fixed numbers, zero submission of network and end-user terminals, illegal use of short codes, poor service and using network without manufacturer’s support services.
UTL, according to UCC, is also not connected to Intelligence Network Monitoring System potentially endangering the security of the country and abetting under declaration of revenues.
On top of owing UCC five years outstanding debt of Shs 49.9bn, UTL is not submitting audited financial statements.
According to sources, the January 9th 2019 President Museveni’s directive to Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija for all government agencies and departments to prioritize UTL services, resulted to billions of money coming to the company but without corresponding records.
Parliament is set to make pronouncement on the development on Tuesday next week, after Speaking Rebecca Kadaga describing the state of affairs in UTL as “public toilet”.