Finance and planning Minister, David Bahati, has spoken out on the alleged flight of state Minister for Investment and Privatisation Evelyn Anite to America.
The Koboko Municipality MP in a letter addressed to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga sought leave of parliament to go abroad for further studies.
According to the letter, Anite is pursuing a Global Masters of Arts programme in International Relations and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in the United States of America.
The letter says Anite started attending classes on July 5, 2018 and will continue until august 28, 2018.
In her absence, finance and planning Minister David Bahati will occupy Anite’s office.
Social media enthusiasts have since developed all sorts of theories claiming the “yellow age limit girl” had fled the country and is on the run.
She reportedly took along her maid and the rest of her family members.
In a statement on Friday, Bahati said Anite had been granted on official leave and he will assume her responsibilities.
“Hon Evelyn Anite’s absence from the minister and travel out of the country is to enable her to undertake the study leave and not any other reason as has been recently alleged,” Bahati said.
Reports had even alleged that she was forced to hand over the office to Bahati.
The NRM diehard is infamous for kneeling before president Museveni begging him to stand again in the 2016 elections and championing the age limit bill that made him a life president.
In May this year, The Observer reported that Anite had run to President Museveni over Shs 29bn bribe.
The minister is said to be under police investigation for allegedly soliciting a $8 million (Shs 28.8bn) bribe from a group of Arab investors.