President Yoweri Museveni has directed State Minister for Privatisation and Investment, Hon. Evelyn Anite to institute an audit in the activities of Uganda Telecommunication Limited (UTL).
In a letter dated July 16, 2019, the head of state said he had “heard of some allegations” against managers of the telecom company.
Anite recently wrote to Museveni, saying she had met difficulty in “dealing with the current Administrator, Twebaze Bemanya who is unwilling to permit the Auditor General to audit UTL.
“This is to direct you to institute an audit in the activities that are going on in Uganda Telecommunication Limited. I have heard of some allegations,” reads part of Museveni’s letter, a copy of which was seen by this publication.
The presidential directive, contained in a letter dated July 16, 2019, comes against the backdrop of stiff resistance to the audit by UTL administrator Twebaze Bemanya and Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana.
For more than two years, UTL has been placed under administration and there is no clear signal suggesting that the status quo is about to change.
In early 2017, UTL was in debts of more than Shs700b when the Libyans, who held 69 per cent shares, left. At that time, government had to liquidate the firm or save its collapse by putting it under provisional administration to allow a search process for competent investors to take it over.
The company was handling most official government telecommunication businesses, especially the official telephone lines.
In May 2017, UTL went under Administration Deed and government appointed the Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Mr Twebaze Bemanya, as the provisional administrator.
One of his tasks was to find an investor to buy UTL within six months. Others were to clear liabilities to all creditors, the company did not attract a new investor