Minister in Charge of Investment and Privatization, Hon Evelyn Anite has said one of the government mafias fighting her is feeding his many wives, and children on tax payers’ money.
While appearing on the popular Capital Gang on Capital Radio yesterday, Ms Anite said the mafia group, as she calls it, consists of a number of individuals with powerful positions in government who are interested in grabbing UTL assets.
Anite said the group operates like a cartel, as it is “seriously organized and recruits.”
While she restrained herself for weeks from naming the mafia, Anite during the talk show appeared to drop hints about members of this group.
One such, who she described as the “chief mafia,” has multiple wives.
“I don’t blame (this man),” she said. “When you have so many wives, you have to feed them. And it is not wrong to feed them but it is very wrong to want to feed them with tax payers money.”
She added: “It is wrong to have many wives and feed them with tax payer’s money. I am not going to mention the names here.’’
According to the minister, members of this group are not only at the Finance Ministry where she works, but also in cabinet.
They use their powers to fight her.
At one point, she says, she confronted some of them in front of the president during cabinet, as they tried to block a report from the Financial Intelligence Agency (which came out against Taleology Holdings Ltd, a Nigerianfirm that the group were fronting as the strategic partner to buy into the company)
“When I arrived in cabinet, the forces started mobilizing, and I told the president, that ‘so and so is a member of cabinet he is conflicted, he cannot participate in this debate.’
The group, she says also put up a spirited fight to stop an internal audit that was directed by the president.
“The number one senior mafia in the ministry, started intimidating the auditor that I appointed, saying he must resign or allow him to choose who would sit on the audit team.”
“In the meantime, the chief mafia started mobilizing other government agencies to go to court to block the audit. He went to URA, NSSF and Post Bank but they all refused and he zeroed on UBC.”
UBC’s petition at the High Court was able to stop the internal audit, which has been running for a week.
The court however, ordered the government Auditor General to commence his own audit into UTL, which is still running.
Minister Anite says President Yoweri Museveni is aware of her troubles and she believes he will eventually prevail over her enemies.
“I went to the President of Uganda and even cried out loud in front of him; I told him how they had ganged up against me and how they wanted to finish me.”
“He told me, ‘are you a Christian? Go and read Matthew 5:10,’ which says happy are those who fight for the righteous for the Kingdom of God is theirs”.
“He therefore gave me the energy which helped me to come out and start fighting the mafia.”