Anite tells off Attorney General as fight over UTL escalates

The fight over the administration of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) has got to its worst as the State Minister for Investment and Privatisation, Evelyn Anite got emotional and accused the Attorney General’s chambers of being part of a cartel working to have the government owned telecom company  liquidated.

Anite wrote on June 28 an angry response to the Attorney General’s June 26 letter in which Mwesigwa Rukutana, the deputy Attorney General told her that she has no locus to cause for the removal of the UTL Administrator, Twebaze Bemanya.

Quoting Section 174(1)(c) of the Insolvency Act, Rukutana said that Anite is not competent enough to seek for Bemanya’s removal since the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is listed as a shareholder in UTL not a creditor.

Rukutana wrote in response to Anite’s letter in which she asked the Attorney General to file an application in court to have Bemanya removed from office.

Incensed by Rukutana’s response, Anite wrote; “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).”

“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/opinions he listed separately. It is indeed surprising that your deputy interpreted my communication as a request for an opinion,” she added.

Bemanya was appointed Administrator of UTL in March 2017 following the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan government owned firm that owned 69 per cent shares. The Government of Uganda is the minority shareholder with 31 percent shares.

Anite’s latest letter is specifically addressed to William Byaruhanga whom she told that she is not interested in the legal opinion provided by Rukutana, his deputy.

“Importantly, [the] response of the deputy Attorney General points to a confirmation of a view shared in a meeting chaired by the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development with myself, the Permanent Secretary and two other technical staff on Thursday June 20 at 9:00am where it was stated that “Mr Bemanya Twebaze is a crooked lawyer and 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.” Anite wrote.