By Max Patrick Ocaido
State Minister for Privatization, Evelyn Anite has revealed how mafias are baying for her blood over her involvement to ‘rescue’ ailing Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).
Anite has been in open battle with ULT administrator, Bemanya Twebaze after the former ordered for an audit in the activities of UTL to the dismay of the latter.
Despite objections from the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, PSST Keith Muhakanizi, President Yoweri Museveni recently gave Anite a green light to constitute an audit committee to audit UTL that is currently under receivership as the process to find an investor to recapitalize Uganda's telecom remains hanging in balance.
While addressing a press conference at the Ministry of Finance, Anite revealed how mafias are threatening to kill her for exposing alleged fraud at UTL. Anite paraded ISO report exposing the rot at UTL and also disclosed 3 private bank accounts where money from liquidated companies is stuffed without any accountability.
The alleged Bank accounts are; Companies Contingency Fund Account 9030012940881 in Stanbic Bank Metro Branch, Companies in Liquidation Account 0102012060800 in Standard Chartered Bank Speke Road and Companies in Liquidation Account 8702012060800 in Standard Chartered Bank Speke Road.
“I have been hearing some Ugandans saying "You girl from Koboko, what do you know? You are just a worker. This government belongs to Banyankole". That is not what I heard from my president. We shall chase the wrong people out of government and bring the right ones. How do you put public funds on private accounts? I am not seeking attention, these are facts,” Anite said.
“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. Do not live in denial.”
Anite said that she is considering making a statement at Police on the life threats she is receiving which includes tapping of her phone calls.
In July, a whistleblower petitioned the IGG alleging that money from the sale of assets of liquidated companies is banked in private accounts with unchecked withdrawals.
“On some of the Accounts above, big amounts of money have been withdrawn without a trace and large amounts of money also were fixed and interest earned cannot be traced...Madam IGG, I pray for you and ask that you urgently look into these urgent matters to save URSB institution and public money,” the whistleblower said