Parliament to Investigate Mismanagement at Uganda Telecom
Parliament has this afternoon resolved to set up a select committee to investigate the mismanagement of Uganda Telecom company.
This was after MP Nandala Mafabi presented his report on the mismanagement of the telecommunication company.
In 1998, Uganda Govt used the 1997 communication Act to split Uganda Posts and Telecommunications corporation in UTL
According to the report UTL which provides telecom services to Government of Uganda, has not been audited for the last 4 years.
“Since 2011, UTL has frequent changes in top management , 6 managing directors, 8 chief technical officers “the report discovered.
MP Mafabi says Uganda telecom limited (UTL) is bleeding with overwhelming local and foreign debts’
According to the report, UTL has a debt of Shs.22.244 billion in regulator fees to Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and shs 8bn in interconnection fees to MTN Uganda .
In her remarks, Speaker Kadaga said “I think Nandala Mafabi has made his case, I don’t know whether we need to debate or investigate directly”. She added that those named in the report on the mismanagement of UTL are banned from traveling.
The Finance Minister Bahati acknowledged that its true Uganda Telecom is not in a good state, however, Government is putting in place a way to handle this.
MP Wamai says that parliament should select committee to investigate the mismanagement of Uganda Telecom immediately.
MP Arinaitwe agreed with Wamai and demanded that the top management of UTL should step aside if the investigations on mismanagement are to commence, with immediate effect.
Government owns 31% shares in UTL that was once a giant and that still provided services to government institutions, other organizations and the public.