KAMPALA- The Democratic Party (DP) President Nobert Mao has weighed in on the controversial issue ofsacking the Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) Administrator saying that the decision is in the Hands of the Attorney General.
Mr Mao made these remarks in a facebook post on Sunday June 30, when commenting on State Minister for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite’s order to sack Mr Bemanya Twebaze as the Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
“The so called mafia want the company declared dead and buried alive! Anite opposed one of the quack investors fronted by some people with connections. She insisted that the company be offered UTL shares provided they put 10% of their offer on the table within a month and the balance within three months. They failed and got wrong footed by Anite,” Mao said in a Facebook post.
According to Mr. Mao, Ms. Anite wants the company rescued through a strategic partnership with a core investor who is ready to inject cash into the government-run telecom company.
He added that the matter of firing the UTL administrator is in the Hands of the Attorney General and not Ms. Anite.
“Given the array of actors and interests in what is now a familiar script, the question is whether Museveni will side with Anite and the people of Uganda or the vested interests. Either way, Anite is busy reinventing herself. Her narrative has become the dominant narrative in the UTL saga and the other side has egg all over their faces,” MrMao noted.
In a letter dated June 26, 2019, Ms Anite said that it has become increasingly difficult for government to deal with the Administrator and she had lost confidence in his abilities.
“In effect, a decision has been taken to remove Mr Bemanya Twebaze, Official Receiver as the current Administrator and to immediately replace him with an individual that we will indicate,” Ms Anite’s letter reads in part.
“I will be pleased to swear an Affidavit to support the Application where the supporting reasons will be elaborated. I implore you to have the petition filed without any delay to ensure that the Administration of the Company progresses without any issue,” the letter adds.
The move is a culmination of the continued public battles between the minister and Mr Twebaze over the management of the indebted telecom company.
But in a letter dated June 28, The Deputy Attorney General, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana, has said he will not apply to court for the removal of Mr Bemanya Twebaze as the Administrator of UTL, arguing that the Investment minister Evelyn Anite has no supervisory powers over the telecom.
He added that an administrator can only be removed over failure to comply with the duties imposed on the administrator under the Administration Deed, the Insolvency Act or any other law or any orders and