Anite gloats as court orders UTL audit

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The High Court has directed the Auditor General to conduct an audit into Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) in a period not more than 30 days.

Justice Musa Ssekaana issued the order on Friday following an application filed by Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), one of creditors of UTL.

“It’s hereby ordered that an audit 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. That this court shall give further directions and guidance when called upon,” Justice Ssekaana wrote.

Investment minister Hon Anite Evelyn who has been battling deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana and Treasury Secretary Keith Muhakanizi could not hide her excitement.

“I thank Justice Musa Sekaana for a ruling affirming my demand for Auditing UTL and Presidential directive on the same,” said Anite who is pursuing an academic document at Harvard Business School.

She added: “There is authority in this country and no amount of manoeuvres can defeat the right and cause for people of Uganda.”

Background

On August 2, Muhakanizi had issued out a letter directing the UTL administrator, Twebaze Bemanya, not to avail the books of accounts to the ministry’s internal auditor general, Fixon Okony.

Minister Anite had also in her letter of July 24, given an ultimatum of one month to Okony to audit UTL as ordered by the President.

Muhakanizi had insisted that there won’t be an audit on UTL until court decides otherwise.

Anite insisted the audit would take place because the Attorney General’s opinion was sent to the President and the President had already responded to it.

UTL was put under administration in May 2017 after Libyans, who owned 69% of the shares, left at a time when the company had a Shs700b debt.

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