The Minister of Finance Hon. Matia Kasaija has called on Uganda Investment Authority executive director Jolly Kaguhangire to respect the board’s decision and step aside. The UIA is under the Ministry of Finance.
Ms Kaguhangire was early this week ordered by the UIA Board to stay out of office for a period of three months pending investigations.
Kaguhangire’s forced leave follows a litany of allegations including; corruption, tribalism, insubordination among others.
However, in defiance of the board’s decision, Ms Kaguhangire in a letter dated June 27 addressed to the UIA board chairman, Emeley Kugonza, also copied to among others Minister of Finance, state Minister for Privatization and Investment, IGG, UIA staff; Kaguhangire states that she is still in office as the executive director carrying out her duties and the mandate of the Authority.
“My advice to her [Ms Kaguhangire] would be to step aside as the investigations are carried out. She has not been sacked. She is interdicted, she should step aside until investigations by the board and Inspector General of Government are complete,” Kasaija told the Observer. Adding that Different bodies cannot interfere in the management of the institution. We gave the board powers to manage it.
Earlier, UIA board chairman, Mr Emely Kugonza wrote to Hon. Kasijja seeking his intervention. In the letter, letter dated June 28 . Kugonza said that the interdicted UIA executive director, on June 27 wrote a letter to him blatantly refusing to leave office. He said that the refusal to vacate office exhibits insubordination and that she should have appealed through court and legal procedure.
Mr. Kugonza says the refusal to vacate and hand over office by Ms Kaguhangire, he said has generated a lot of conclusion at the authority and is badly affecting the organisation’s image and investor confidence.
“We humbly seek the intervention of your good office,” he concluded.