By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. This week has seen accusations and counter-accusations at the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), all sparked off by the Board’s decision to interdict the Executive Director Jolly Kaguhangire.
The Board in their June 26 letter accused Kaguhangire of abuse of office, insubordination and lying to the Board among others, which they gave as their basis to interdict her for three months, pending investigations.
"The Board has appointed a select committee to investigate the grounds of interdiction and you will be availed an opportunity to defend yourself before the select committee. You are accordingly directed to handover office to Mr. Basil Ajer, Director SME and STI who will act during the time of your interdiction," the interdiction letter signed by Board Chairman Emely Kugonza read in part.
This prompted the Kaguhangire to fire back vowing not to leave office and claiming that the board’s decision to interdict her is illegal and driven by people with personal vendetta against her.
"The purpose of this letter therefore, is to inform you that the Board decision to interdict me is irregular, void and illegal. This letter also serves to inform you that I am still in office as the UIA Executive Director carrying out my duties and the mandate of the Authority," Kaguhangire said in her letter dated June 27.
Minister Anite’s letter
In a May 24 letter a copy of which Kampala Post has seen, State Minister for Investment Evelyne Anite directed the UIA Board Chairman Emely Kugonza to respond to allegations that the Board was interfering in the Authority’s restructuring process.
In the letter the minister said her office had been notified of allegations which range from the Board’s direct involvement in operational activities of interviewing lower level staff and receiving bribes from directors to let them stay in their positions.
“The purpose of this letter is to request you to urgently respond to these allegations in writing within two days to enable us advise on the necessary steps to be taken regarding the restructuring process,” The Minister directed.
It’s not clear if the Board’s decision to interdict the Executive Director was in response to the Minister’s directive or not.