President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has spoken out on the controversial UTL, a State-owned Telecom Company saying it cannot be divested.
The president had a telephone conversation with the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kahinda Otafiire on 3rd July, followed by a letter still on the same date.
In this letter, president Museveni ignored Minister of State for Investment Evelyn Anite’s call to have Bemanya Twebaze sacked and also warned that no decision should be taken unless agreed upon by cabinet.
Museveni says the government has been in the process of revamping UTL company.
“As I have guided on several occasions gave the strategic importance of UTL to the economy of Uganda, the government has been in the process of identifying suitable investor to partner with to revamp UTL as opposed to divesting it,” PRESIDENT Museveni said in the letter addressed to Otafiire.
Museveni also said that the decision was endorsed by the cabinet and directed that no further decisions should be implemented at UTL unless the cabinet is consulted.
Museveni’s letter was also copied to the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija and the Attorney General, William Byaruhanga.
Otafiire after receiving the president’s letter immediately wrote to the Auditor General and the UTL officials requesting them to expedite the process of choosing a suitable investor to take up UTL.
Otafiire also told then to keep giving an update on the company’s progress to enable him to report to cabinet. The president’s decision has now ended the fight between Minister Anite, UTL and Attorney General.