The State Minister for Investment, Evelyn Anite has written to President Museveni in regards the ongoing saga at the struggling Uganda Telecom Limited.
In a letter dated June 29, Anite says despite a directive from the President to ask the Attorney General take action in regards the replacement of Bemanya Twebaze as the administrator for UTL, the same has not been heeded to.
She says refusal by Bemanya to vacate office is against the noble cause of reviving the telecom company adding that it was wrong for the Attorney General to support the refusal.
“Your excellency, whereas government is enjoined to follow the advice of the Attorney General, we are disturbed that his conclusions on this matter raise more questions and especially contradict the policy guidance I received from you regarding the removal of Mr.Bemanya,”Anite says in her letter to Museveni.
She explains that government has lost confidence in in Bemanya as the current administrator for UTL as he can no longer effectively perform his duties and that any efforts by the Attorney General to oppose this process is suspicious .
“The purpose of this letter your excellency is to bring the above developments to your attention and to seek for your further guidance considering that I am convinced that the opinion of the Deputy Attorney General is fundamentally flawed and misinterpretation of the law.”
The UTL saga started over a week ago when Anite as the line minister in charge of privatization in a letter to the Attorney General asked him to apply to court to have Bemanya removed as the administrator for Uganda Telecom Limited for failure in his duties.
In her letter dated June 26, Anite directed William Byaruhanga to get immediate replacement for Bemanya, saying all the concerned parties have lost confidence in him as administrator and therefore, can no longer work with him.
However, in response the deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana blasted Anite saying she has not supervisory powers over the UTL administrator.
“Whereas some government entities may be listed creditors, they have separate legal status. Accordingly, a shareholder in this instance, the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development has no locus to apply to the court to remove the administrator from office,” Rukutana said in a letter dated June 28.