The State Minister for Privatisation and Investment Anite insists that Twebaze Bemanya the Administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) from office must be sacked from the office despite a reply from the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigye Rukutana that the Minister of Finance has no powers over this .
Anite in her second letter has written to the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, saying that she instructed him to court to replace Bemanya.
“Refer to my letter of June 28, 2019…in regard to the captioned. I candidly instructed you as a Government lawyer to urgently apply to court to replace the current Administrator within the context of section 172 of the Insolvency Act, 2011 and Insolvency Regulations 161(1). The foregoing was after a decision had been taken by Government to remove Mr. Bemanya Twebaze, the official receiver and current administrator and immediately replace him with an individual that we will indicate,” reads part of Anite’s letter.
“The purpose of this letter is to implore you to have the petition to remove the Administrator of Uganda Telecom filed in Court without further delay,” she writes.
Anite says the reply from the Deputy Attorney General Rukutana was simply an opinion that could not stop Bemanya from being sacked. “I received a completely offside reply…from the Deputy Attorney General in regard to my instruction. I will respond to litany of fundamentally flawed innuendos…he listed separately. It is indeed surprising that your Deputy interpreted my communication as a request for opinion,” she writes.
Anite said Rukutana’s response points to a confirmation of views shared in meeting chaired by her boss Matia Kasaija where it was said that Bemanya is crooked lawyer who is entrenched in Attorney General’s office. “It also points to a common view that a cartel in sections of government is keen to have UTL liquidated and sell to themselves the strategic assets of the company and people of Uganda.
In a letter dated June 26, 2019 and addressed to the Attorney General, Minister Anite directed him to get immediate get replacement for Bemanya, saying all the concerned parties have lost confidence in the administrator and therefore, can no longer work with him.
Bemanya was appointed Administrator and tasked to make the company healthier and attract investment before sourcing for a strategic partner.
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