The Prime Minister of Uganda Hon Ruhakana Rugunda has trashed as unfounded rumours spread by Investment Evelyn Anite that government is full of mafia.
This was during the Prime Minister’s Question Time where the Premier responds to questions from the members.
Hon Elijah Okupa Friday asked the Prime Minister whether he does not preside over a mafia government following reports of attempts on Hon Evelyn Anite’s life.
Rugunda replied: “I have also heard about the reports of mafias in the media and as far as I know, we don’t know of any mafias in government.”
He added: “Like Ndugu Okupa, I have seen this in the media. However, I am not aware of the existence of any mafia group in the government of Uganda.”
At the start of the week, Anite claimed her life was in danger because mafia in government want to kill her with regard to the management of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
“The plan by the mafias is to take Anite out of the picture, I might die but history will judge them. You know the mafias, they are the ones who have been blocking the audit,” she said.
She has been facing off with Attorney General William Byaruhanga and Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, over the management of UTL.
Turns to religious leaders
On Friday, Anite gathered religious leaders from different denominations in Koboko District at Koboko Boma Grounds to pray for her.
The minister is reportedly seeking divine protection against the mafia who she alleges want her dead.
During the prayers, the Mayor for Koboko Municipality, Mr Wilson Sanya, spoke to Daily Monitor on the matter.
“We are gathered here to demonstrate not on streets with cards but to God peacefully with Bibles and the Quran. We chose this option of seeking for prayers to fight the evil. The dear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Minister Anite on her part said: “We cannot do without the Lord in our lives and heart. As a young girl, my parents made sure I go to Sunday school, Scripture Union and received the Lord. Many people think that politicians do not go to church. But you must testify to God to defeat the devil.”
She went on: “It is the fight against corruption and I call them mafia because they are robbing taxpayers and enriching themselves. When I chose the path to fight the corrupt, I chose the path to walk through fire.”
“On the case of UTL, the money belongs to government of Uganda because the President entrusted me to be Minister of Investment and I needed to monitor the money. But it is not easy to find out because the mafia is evil and wanted to rob Uganda six months ago.”