In a bid to intensively crackdown on corruption, the secretary to the treasury Keith Muhakanizi has changed his colours and raised red flag to crash officials trading in corruption at the Ministry Ministry of finance.
Furious Mukanizi accuses his deputy Patrick Ochailap and minister Matia Kasaija of trying to use his absence to hurriedly pay out huge sums of money to questionable beneficiaries. Mr. Muhakanizi spent about a month on sick leave undertaking medication in Turkey since January, 2019. He however Impromptuly showed up in office early February and resumed work for about two weeks before he headed back for his final treatment.
In an internal memo dated 11th February 2019 (addressed to Kasaija, Bahati, Ochailap and Accountant General), Muhakanizi unmasks that there are problems in the way 10 large companies want to share the Shs 150bn without adequate verification.
These companies are part of the original list of 33 firms that parliament agreed upon as qualifying for compensation because of the losses occasioned by the war in South Sudan .
It is said that only 6 of the 10 companies are sham and the remaining 4 are questionable because they belong to one person and in this bid, Muhakanizi demands that the payments that had started in his absence as Ochailap acted should be halted until audit firm Ernest & Young carries out a verification Audit on the authenticity of the 10 firms that Kasaija and David Bahati want to share the first payment of 150bn.
Muhakanizi’s adversaries at the Finance Ministry are fronting Francis Kamulegeya’s Price Water Coopers to be the one to audit the 10 companies as opposed to Muhakanizi-backed E&Y.
In his memo, Muhakanizi assures the minister that he will not allow himself to be stampeded into signing things that will cause him problems in future and this Shs150bn cash bonanza is one such classic example.
What makes matters even worse is the fact that city tycoon Apollo Nyegamehe (aka Aponye), who the two ministers claim to have paid Shs40bn to, has since denied getting even a coin. Referring the matter back to Bahati, Aponye says he is these days very broke to the extent that he lives in the village most of the time.
The MP Simon Oyet, who has been outspoken on this matter, the two ministers must answer as to why they defied Parliament by shortening the list from 33 companies to just 10 which KACITA chairman Everest Kayondo says might even be proxies of big people in government.
However According to New Vision, the 10 companies likely to bring problems for Bahati and Kasaija include Rubya Investments Ltd, Kibungo Enterprises, Aponye Uganda Ltd, Afro Kai Ltd, Apo General Enterprises, Ropani International, KK Transporters, Swift Commodities Establishment, Sophie Omari and Sunrise Commodities.
The state-owned media blames the two ministers for sidelining many other companies including Roko Construction, MFK Corporation Ltd and the mighty Dott services among others.