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Minister orders sacked UIA boss to leave office today after audience with Museveni fails to save her

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija has ordered the embattled UIA boss Ms Jolly Kaguhangire to leave the office.  Ms Kaguhangire had earlier declined to vacate office, claiming that the Board decision was null and void citing that the decision was made without quorum  (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Ms Jolly Kaguhangire the embattled Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority has been ordered to leave office on Wednesday July 11, and proceed on her 3-month interdiction.

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija communicated the directive in a July 9 letter, also copied to the UIA Board Chairman, who suspended Ms Kaguhangire on June 26 citing numerous allegations of rot including corruption and blatant nepotism.

Ms Kaguhangire had however declined to vacate office, saying the Board was witch-hunting her until she met with Mr Museveni on July 5.

In his latest letter, Mr Kasaija directed Ms Kaguhangire to hand over office to Mr Basil Ajer, the director for small and medium enterprises who was appointed the acting Executive Director.

“As agreed in State House, this is to request you to handover office to Mr Basil Ajer, director SME and STI on Wednesday 11th July at 2:30 Pm,” Kasaija said adding that the process will help to determine whether the accusations against her are of any substance.

Mr Kasaija said a three month investigations into accusations of abuse of office, insubordination, misleading and lying to the board and corruption, among others will be the one to determine the fate of the embattled executive.

“On completion of the interdiction period and issuance of the interdiction report which by copy of the chairman, Uganda investment authority should produce within the agreed period of three (03) months; the description will take on the way forward with your employment with Uganda investment authority,” Mr Kasaija said in a letter.

Ms Kaguhangire had last month declined to vacate office, claiming that the Board decision was null and void. She also accused the board of meddling with management responsibilities, fighting her among others demanding an audience with President Museveni over the same.

According to Minister Kasaija’s letter, Kaguhangire met the president on Thursday July 5, and agreed to hand over office to Mr Ajer for a period of three month until investigations into accusations of insubordinations and corruption are incomplete.

 

 

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