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IGG is welcome to investigate me! Minister Anite lashes out at critics amid conflict of interest claims in UTL takeover

State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization in Uganda, Ms. Evelyn Anite is on the spot as Hamilton Telecom takeover of Uganda Telecom. (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite has on Monday, August 19, clarified that she has no travel ban against her.

While addressing the media about the UTL saga at the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Anite said she is the minister for privatization and her mandate is to bring in foreign investors.

“I have no relationship with Mauritius Telecom Company. The report by financial intelligence is what prompted me to support them. My name has been tarnished but I will continue fighting for the truth,” she said.

Ms Anite revealed that the plan by the ‘mafias’ is to take her out of the picture.

“I might die but history will judge them. You know the mafias, they are the ones who have been blocking the audit. Do not live in denial,” Anite said.

Adding that, “They will fight those who stand up for the truth, I travelled to pursue my academics and news back home was that I had fled the country.”

She said they will chase the wrong people out of government and bring the right ones.

“How do you put public funds on private accounts? I am not seeking attention, these are facts,” Anite noted.

Ms. Anite further said that Ugandans have been despising her that shes only a worker saying, “I have been hearing some Ugandans saying “You girl from Koboko, what do you know? You are just a worker. This government belongs to Banyankole”. That is not what I heard from my president.”

A whistleblower asked the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to conduct a thorough investigation into what he described as secretive dealings by Investment Minister Evelyn Anite over the management of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).

In a letter dated August 16, the whistleblower claims that Ms Anite made a suspicious, impromptu trip to Mauritius, ostensibly to strike a deal with a company there that wants to take over UTL.

The whistleblower claims that the minister later secretively connected from the US via France to Mauritius.

“The said trip to Mauritius was not booked in Uganda before her departure for the USA. In Mauritius, she met with the team responsible for ensuring this deal happens and they acquire UTL at a much less than the asset value estimated at $84 million,” the petition to the IGG’s office reads in part.

As a result, the whistleblower says Ms Anite is engaged in influence peddling, abuse of office and corruption.

The whistleblower in his letter demands that the IGG investigates and verify the timing of the alleged trip to Mauritius by Anite and the earlier visit by Mauritius telecom officials to Uganda.

“The purpose of this letter is to request for an investigation into why the trip was secretly booked and not part of her initial booking to the USA,” the whistleblower who chose to remain anonymous wrote to IGG.

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