Hopes of two seasoned economist, Lawrence Kizza and Patrick Ochailap replacing former Deputy Governor Louis Kasekende has hit a snag after intelligence report on the two said they are unfit.
Mr. Ochailap who is about to retire at Ministry of Finance where he works as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury and Under-Secretary Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Monitoring was reportedly being fronted by some sections of ministry officials including an influential retired army general while Mr. Kizza is said to be pushed by a section led by a State Minister in the finance docket.
This website has however learnt both gentlemen has been rejected by a report from Economic desk of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) after it alleged that both men are not clean given that they (a) above age of 60 years and having worked in finance ministry, they are complicated as one of the two was heavily implicated in bribery allegations with Tullow oil. (b) Whereas the other is said to be retiring, his working relationship with bosses/seniors including those at Central Bank reads some of the sections of the reports which this website has seen.
The above comes out at the time when a senior minister and another top official at Bank of Uganda have also just authored their reports on the two. Eagle Online has been informed that due to the ongoing vetting process of the position of deputy governor, intelligence, line ministers and technocrats have been asked to have their inputs on whichever name/names are brought up.
Eagle Online has also established that Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi has also weighed in and rejected the two names. However, this website couldn’t verify this information as no one wanted go on record.
Meanwhile sources at the Inspectorate of Government reveal that an investigation report on Mr. Kasekende is more-less ready for release.
Kasekende’s contract expired in January but efforts by him to have it renewed suffered a setback when he unsuccessfully tried to use clerics and Buganda kingdom officials to approach President Yoweri Museveni have it renewed or extended.