A whistleblower has written to the Inspectorate of Government demanding an investigation into the conduct of Junior Investment minister Evelyn Anite.
In a letter dated August 9 to the Inspector General of Government [IGG] Irene Mulagonja, the whistleblower accuses Anite of influence peddling, abuse of office and fraud in relation to administration of Uganda Telecom Limited [UTL].
The letter says Anite sought permission to travel to United States for graduation after completion of her masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Fletcher School of Law And Diplomacy, Tufts University.
After her graduation and commencement of her short study at Harvard, a secret booking was made for her from the USA via France to Mauritius suspiciously leaving her husband in America.
The said trip was not booked in Uganda before her departure to USA.
“In Mauritius, she met with the team responsible for ensuring this deal happens and they acquire UTL at a much less value than the asset value estimated at $84m. She later flew back to the USA and back to Uganda to disguise her trip to Mauritius,” reads the letter.
“As you are aware, the Hon minister has confessed in the media that her point of departure with the administrator was because he had offered the deal [to] Teleology Holdings Limited to invest in UTL which had offered $70m compared to Mauritius Telecom Limited which had offered $45m for the assets of the limping Uganda Telecom Limited.”
“Please note that Teleology was a cabinet decision to which she is part and bound by the collective responsibility requirement,” the letter adds.
According to the whistleblower, a couple of weeks prior to her stage-managed discussion of UTL matters in parliament and eventual exchange with the Attorney General, a team of Mauritius telecom was in town exerting pressure for the deal to be closed.
“It is also true that the media has been awash with allegations that Hon Anite received a bribe from Mauritius telecom limited to influence awarding them with UTL deal.”
“Indeed, sources close to the honourable minister indicate that the assets she was acquired soon after her dealings with Mauritius telecom are not commensurate to her earning as a member of parliament [Koboko Municipality] and a junior minister.”
“I have reliable information that Anite secretly left USA around august 4 and travelled to Mauritius via France. She arrived in Mauritius on Monday August 5 where she spent four days meeting Mauritius telecom officials. What was the purpose of her mission, if it was not sealing the illicit deal?”
The whsitleblower who says this tantamounts to influence peddling, abuse of office, corruption and unbecoming conduct, wants the IGG to verify Anite’s secret mission to Mauritius; the timing of her trip following her visit to Uganda the current crisis regarding UTL; why the trip was secretary booked and not part of her initial booking to USA; who paid her ticket to and from Mauritius.
The whistleblower further wants the IGG to investigate which of her two passports [government and diplomatic] Anite used to travel to Mauritius and if she changed, what she was hiding; why she did not declare her intended destination to the Prime Minister and seek permission as required by Public Service Standing Orders and Cabinet Rules and whether her mobile number, social media activities and travel documents tally with her known itinerary.
“Investigate her personal interest and why she continued handling official duties on leave including writing and singing letters pertaining to UTL matters even when she had left Hon David Bahati to handle her official duties.”
For example, she personally wrote to the Internal Auditor General, the Hon Attorney General and Permanent secretary and Secretary to the Treasury on UTL matters during the said period.
“All her official maters were handled by Hon Bahati except UTL matters in which she has personal interests. This was irregular considering she was officially on leave.”