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Minister Kasaija, Attorney General Byaruhanga Query Museveni Directive on UTL

Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija have uncharacteristically disagreed with and disregarded President Yoweri Museveni’s directive on Uganda Telecom Limited.

According to two letters seen by ChimpReports from Kasaija to Byaruhanga and vice versa, Museveni’s directive that State Minister of Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite should institute an audit on UTL is vague and should not be implemented.

Kasaija wrote to Byaruhanga on Tuesday this week asking for his opinion on the directive of the President, who is the appointing authority and the fountain of honor as enshrined in article 98 of the Constitution.

“I refer to letter Ref. PO/10 dated 16th July, 2019 from His Excellency the President in regard to the audit in the Uganda Telecommunication Network. The purpose of this communication, therefore, is to officially request for your further guidance in view of His Excellency’s directive on the above,” said Kasaija.

Byaruhanga in his response on Wednesday stated that the president’s directive was ambiguous and theat 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 Bryaruhanga.

Interestingly, neither Kasaija nor Byaruhanga queried the earlier president’s directive to Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Kahinda Otafire to start getting regular reports from the embattled UTL Administrator, Bemanya Twebaze.

Indeed, Otafire wrote to Bemanya to start feeding him with reports even when UTL is still under receivership enforced by the same insolvency law.

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Museveni’s letter to Anite to audit UTL was also not copied to Kasaija and neither to Byaruhanga.

On Wednesday Anite appointed the Ministry of Finance Commissioner of Internal Audit and Inspectorate, Dr. Fixon Akonye to audit the struggling network.

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