State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization Evelyn Anite wins over Attorney General as High Court issues directives to Audit Troubled UTL
Following an application filed on Friday afternoon by Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), High Court in Kampala under Justice Musa Ssekaana has issued 30 days’ ultimatum to have the struggling Uganda Telecom (UTL) audited.
UBC was one of UTL’s creditors.
“It’s hereby ordered that an audited be carried out on Uganda Telecom Ltd in administration by the Auditor General within a period of 30 days from the date of this order. The audit report should be presented/given to all the creditors of the company,” Justice Ssekaana’s order.
This has now ended the fight on whether to audit UTL or not between the State Minister for Investment and Privatisation, Evelyn Anite and the Secretary Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi.
Muhakanizi had resisted to direct an audit into UTL saying that unless court rules out the matter.
“The audit will not go on until the court pronounces itself on the matter. We shall continue to implement the framework of the laws of Uganda, so there is no problem,” Muhakanizi said.
While Minister Anite insisted that an audit has to be done.
“The audit is going to take place because the Attorney General’s opinion was sent to us and to the president, but the president has already responded to it. Mr Muhakanizi knows that it is after the Attorney General gave his opinion that the president gave his directive,” Anite said.
Muhakanizi is said to have issued a letter to the administrator UTL, Mr Twebaze Bemanya ordering him not to allow Mr Fixon Okony, the Ministry’s Internal Auditor General access the company’s books of accounts.
While in July 24, 2019 Minister Anite ordered Mr Okony to audit UTL as early directed by the president in one-month time period.
The court ruling on the matter was celebrated by Minister Anite thanking court for ruling in favour of President’s directive and hers.
“I thank Justice Musa Ssekaana for ruling affirming my demand for auditing UTL and presidential directive on the same,” Anite said. “There is Authority in this country and no amount of manoeuvres can defeat the right and cause for people of Uganda.”