UIA boss defies president, refuses to vacate office

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Uganda Investment Authority executive director Jolly Kaguhangire

Former Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) executive director, Jolly Kaguhangire, has defied President Museveni and refused to leave office again.

On July 5, a meeting was held at State House and chaired by Museveni himself on the fate of Kaguhangire who is accused of abuse of office.

Museveni ordered her to hand over the office to the new interim boss, Basil Ajer, and officially vacate.

The deadline was Wednesday but Kaguhangire still refused to leave pending conclusion of a three-month investigation.

Kaguhangire even refused to attend the handover to Ajer on orders of Finance minister Matia Kasaija saying she was out of the country.

“As agreed in State House, this is to request you to hand-over office to Mr Basil Ajer, director SME & STI on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 2.30pm. Please take this matter in good spirit as it is a process to determine whether the accusations against your office and person bear any substance or not,” Kasaija wrote to Kaguhangire on July 9.

He added: “On completion of the interdiction period and issuance of interdiction report of which by copy of the chairman Uganda Investment Authority should produce within the agreed period of three months, the decision will be taken on the way forward with your employment with Uganda Investment Authority.”

Kaguhangire wrote an email back to the minister explaining her situation.

“This morning, (July 11, 2018) I called your [Mr Kasaija] mobile phone, which was unavailable and having subsequently called your office, your secretary informed me that you are currently out of the country hence this email I am now writing,” Kaguhangire’s writes in an email quoted by Daily Monitor.

She adds: “I wish to state that I received your letter of July 9, 2018 through email. I am currently out of the country attending to my sister who was taken ill and is now awaiting to undergo a major surgery. If all goes well, I will be back in a week’s time. I will immediately get in touch as soon as I arrive in the country.”

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