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Investment Minister Forces UIA Director General, Staff to Vomit Shs500M Service Award

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State Minister for Investment, Evelyn Anite

The State Minister for Investment, Evelyn Anite has succeeded in forcing the Uganda Investment Authority Director General and his staff members to refund the Shs500M they had paid themselves in form of Service Award.

 

This was confirmed by Anite herself on her X Handle today, 15th June, 2024 where she thanked the UIA DG, Robert Mukiza of accepting to refund the money.

 

The Shs500M had been removed from the infrastructure loan that funded Kampala Industrial Park Development Project as honorary payment.

 

“Fellow citizens, thank you very much for all your support to me in the fight against corruption. The good news is the DG, Mukiza Robert has agreed to refund the money he & team received from the infrastructure loan, which Ugandan taxpayers will have to pay back with interest,” Evelyn Anite wrote on her X Handle today, 15th June, 2024.

 

BACKGROUND

 

In a June, 12 letter to the UIA board chairperson, Morisson Rwakakamba, the Investment Minister, Evelyn Anite said the sharing of the money was despicable.

“I find the above despicable, uncouth, barbaric and uncultured that people who have been tasked with the responsibility of delivering such a project within 5 years not only have they underperformed but also they are busy chest thumping and dishing to themselves huge sums of the project loan,” Anite said.

“All these tantamount to mischarge, abuse and corruption at the expense of taxpayers of Uganda. This is not in line with the vision of H.E the President of Republic Uganda, General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of industrializing Uganda for job creation, wealth creation and social economic transformation.”

In the letter, Anite directed the UIA board of directors to ensure the staff and project team members who received the money refund it within 24 hours of face reprimand.

Following my meeting with the Honorable Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. Matia Kasaija and the Board of Directors, Uganda Investment Authority respectively on this matter, I therefore direct as follows:

“Failure to do so within the stipulated time frame, will attract dire consequences.”

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