Minister Anite responds to Rukutana: “I Didn’t Seek Your Opinion, I Instructed You”

The State Minister for Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite has disregarded the legal counsel offered by the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana on the controversial sacking of the Administrator of UTL, terming it as “litany of flawed innuendos”.

This is contained in a letter, the second, that Minister Anite has written to the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga asking him to apply to court so as to have Bemanya Twebaze who has been Administrator of UTL replaced.

It follows a communication by Byaruhanga’s deputy in which he informed Anite that neither the Executive nor the Legislature had the legal authority or even grounds to replace Bemanya.

Rukutana further warned Anite against interfering in the administration of UTL saying this could inhibit potential investors or even attract a liability to government.

Now Minister Anite has lashed out at Rukutana saying his opinion was not required.

“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),” Anite writes to Attorney General Byaruhanga.

She adds that the foregoing was after a decision had been taken by Government to remove Bemanya and immediately replace him with an individual that we will indicate.

“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 susprising that your Deputy interpreted my communication as a request for opinion,” she wrote.

According to Anite, the advice offered by Rukutana points to “a confirmation of a view…. that Mr Bemanya 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 adds.

“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”.

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