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UCC vow to attach Arinaitwe’s property over Shs800m

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Head offices. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has threatened to attach the property of Andrew Arinaitwe, Posta Uganda, Managing Director and that of the entity if the Postal Institution fails to pay over Shs877M that has accumulated over the years.

The threats were made Thursday by UCC’s Head of Legal, Abdusalam Waiswa during a meeting held between the Commission and MPs on the Committee of Commission, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

Waiswa told the Committee that the debt has accumulated since 2013, which prompted the two entities to enter into an agreement in August 2017 where Posta committed to pay Shs50M monthly, but the entity has declined to abide by the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding drawn.

“The initial payment was at the beginning of the MoU but the options of legal proceedings are still open,” Waiswa said.

He told the Committee that the two parties agreed that Posta will pay Shs50m each month up to January 2018 and failure to follow the MoU conditions would give UCC the leeway to take legal action including attaching the personal property of Managing Director Posta Uganda and the property of Posta Uganda to recover the debt.

Fred Otunu, Director of Corporate Affairs who was standing in for the Commission boss, Godfrey Mutabaazi noted that Posta Uganda has been able to pay Shs55M out of Shs877m initial debt since August 2017 when they signed the MoU.

However, the revelation angered the Committee members who lashed out at UCC for being incompetent, wondering why it has taken the Commission so much time to take legal action yet the MoU was already violated by Posta Uganda.

This prompted COSASE Vice Chairperson Anita Among to issue a directive to UCC to provide the Committee with the list of all that owe them money, and the details of how the debt was accumulated and these are expected to be summoned to the committee on Monday next week together with UCC to settle the matter.

 

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