By Our Reporter
Security boys, sharp guys at the Finance Ministry excited the Mulago Executive Director Byarugaba Baterana (BB) to think he was going to be the next Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health in the recent reshuffle.
They told him that all he had to do was to be a very good man and “cooperate” as was required of him as he keeps praying for himself.
The big boys in the Finance Ministry badly wanted Diana Atwine out because she is complicated and doesn’t bribe auditors to write god reports about her performance or to even cover up some of the audit queries.
They reactivated their connections around the President in State House and intensified the lobbying for BB as the next PS for Health because they were tired of the “uncooperative” Diana.
Atwine is also hated for not allowing to wet the beak of key people who matter at Finance and Parliament or even Auditor General’s office. They also didn’t like Atwiine because she accesses the President directly and can report their deals and those who may be demanding for kickbacks each time money is allocated to the Ministry of Health to facilitate service delivery.
They became more enchanted when the President, who later complained of corruption at the Finance Ministry, publicly blasted Atwine for failing to buy enough beds for hospitals in the country. They started throwing house parties to celebrate that she was finished and then BB was told it was all a done deal.
Inside Mulago hospital management, employees started congratulating their ED BB thinking he was leaving anytime to take Atwiine’s place at Health.
The man himself had even cleared his desk waiting for the President’s announcement and even his hand over report was ready as his workmates at Mulago prepared to bid him farewell.
But State House got wind of the celebratory mood at Mulago and the President vowed to ensure nobody succeeds against his faithful PS Atwiine.
BB’s name was being fronted by big people from many places but most of his support was coming from the Finance Ministry where technocrats would brag openly in the corridors that Byarugaba was the next PS for Health since even their PPST Keith Muhakanizi had already endorsed and thrown his backing behind him.
Some of the security operatives who kept telling BB it was a done deal were also waiting to be rewarded for their prophesy which unfortunately turned out to be untrue since Atwiine remained PS after the big man refused to be blackmailed to knife her.