Uganda Investment Authority executive director, Ms Jolly Kaguhangire has written to her boss- the UIA board chairman swearing never to go on forced leave, saying his directive is invalid, ultra vires, illegal and incurably void.
Ms Kaguhangire was early this week ordered by the Board to stay out of office for a period of three months pending investigations.
Ms Kaguhangire’s letter dated June 27 addressed to the UIA board chairman, Mr Emeley Kugonza, also copied to among others Minister of Finance, state Minister for Privatization and Investment, , IGG , UIA staff; states that she is still in office as the executive director carrying out her duties and the mandate of the Authority.
In the same letter Ms Kaguhangire writes: “….this interdiction is not a board decision and I am not complying with it because the board meeting did not have quorum…..Please note that at the time of the decision, three members had left the meeting. Initially, nine members signed their attendance of the meeting by recording and signing their presence. A non-quorate meeting of only six members made the impugned decision.” She further claims that there was conflict of interest by one of the members who has personal issues with her.
She adds: Section 4.4.1 of the board manual prohibits the participation in the deliberation of matters in which a member has an interest. It is on record that one of the Board members has a personal conflict with me and participated in the deliberations and voting of the board to my prejudice.
‘ ‘ This Letter also serves to inform you that I am still in office as the UIA Executive Diretor carrying out mu duties and the mandate of the Authority. Any decision made by any other officer on behalf of the Authority is null and void’’
Ms Kaguhangire’s suspension on Tuesday came just days after the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja received two letters petitioning her to investigate the UIA executive director over abuse of office, possession of firearms by some workers and corruption, among others.
Ms Kaguhangire, was appointed UIA executive director in April last year, replacing Dr Frank Ssebowa whose term expired in 2016.