KAMPALA – The Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged President Museveni to sack Investment minister Evelyn Anite and Deputy Attorney General Mwesigye Rukutana in connection to their public spat over the management of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
Address journalists at their headquarters in Najjanankumbi in Kampala on Monday, Mr John Kikonyogo, the FDC deputy party spokesman, said the exchanges between the two senior government officials are a shame to the state.
Last Monday, Ms Anite claimed that the mafia wants to kill her in connection to her stance that UTL be audited.
“Anite did not mention any government official as mafia but the Deputy Attorney General said ‘ I can’t kill that girl’. If Uganda was a civilized country, the two ministers would be out of Cabinet,” Mr Kikonyogo said.
In Parliament last Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda dimissed claims of government harboring mafia and said no one would kill Minister Anite.
But FDC lashed at the Premier for dismissing the allegations without making any investigations.
“We had the Prime Minister dismissing claims that there is no mafia in his government, which we don’t believe since one of the ministers is making the allegations. It would have been more prudent if the minister investigated and then told the country what is happening instead of trying to push it away. As FDC, we want the government to tell us why it is not taking over UTL if there is no mafia,” Mr Kikonyogo said.
Ms Anite has been involved in back and forth squabbles with colleagues in government, including Attorney General William Byaruhanga and Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, over the management of UTL.
During her Monday media briefing, Ms Anite said she has received several threats from the mafias in government. “The plan by the mafias is to take Anite 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,” she said.
She, however, said she would not stop fighting to save UTL or exposing bad characters in government.