To leave Office: UIA ED, Jolly Kaguhangire

Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija has written to suspended Uganda Investment Authority boss Jolly Kaguhangire being her to handover office to another officer to enable investigations into her conduct while still in office.

However, the same office was broken into by the board chairman who installed the acting ED.

“Reference is made to the letter Ref. UIA/BOD/06/2018 dated June 26, 2018 and addressed to you and subsequent meeting with H.E. the President last Thursday July 5, 2018 in regard to the above subject matter. As agreed in State House, this is to request you to hand over office to Mr Basil Ajer, the Director SME and STI on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at 2.30pm.” Kasaija wrote on July 9, 2018.

He added “Please take this matter in good spirit as it is a process to determine whether the accusation against your office and person bear any substance or not”. A copy of which was copied to the President, Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury, chairman of UIA nad Mr Basil Ajer.

Kasaija said that on completion of the interdiction period, and issuance of the report, of which by copy of the chairman, UIA should produce within the agreed period of three months, the decision will be taken on the way forward on her employment with UIA. “So I urge you to be fully cooperative as the investigations go on”.

When contacted for a comment, Ms Kaguhangire said it is confusing for her to be asked to handover office and yet they had broken the office to install another person.

“I really don’t understand why I am being asked to handover office and yet there is nothing to handover since the office was broken into and someone else is using it. But for me I am a law abiding citizen and i am watching the events as the happen” Ms Kaguhangire told Eagle Online.

Kaguhangire was interdicted last month by UIA Board headed by Emely Kugonza who issued the interdiction letter.

The investment agency has been marred by several allegations of corruption and nepotism mainly in the restructuring process that started last year.

In May Privatisation and Investment State Minister, Evelyn Anite penned a letter to the UIA Board Chairman, Emely Kugonza over accusations surrounding restructuring.

“Reference is made to the ongoing restructuring process of the Uganda Investment Authority and the attached letters alleging undue interference in the process,” part of the letter dated May 24th 2018 said.