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Kasaija Reinstates Interdicted UBOS ED Mukiza After AG Kiryowa Intervention

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Minister of Finance Hon Matia Kasaija has lifted the interdiction he had slapped on Dr. Chris Ndatira Mukiza, the Executive Director Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) along with other bureau officials.

The minister said in a letter yesterday that Mukiza was free to return to office.

Minister Kasaija in October this year interdicted Mukiza along with five other offices, on corruption allegations.

The 5 are Dr Albert Byamugisha, the Chairperson Board of Directors, Dr Robert Wamala, Board member, Florence Abeja, the acting manager of Finance and Administration, and David Ochieng, the head of Internal Audit.

Kasaija was reportedly acting on instructions from Hon Beti the Kamya, the Inspector General of Government.

The officials were suspended with half pay, and ordered not to leave the country.

However, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka recently advised minister Kasaija to reinstate the officials, citing irregularities in the manner in which they were suspended from office.

“I have since been advised by the Hon. Attorney General that the said suspension/interdiction was not done in accordance with the right procedure,” Kasaija wrote to Mr Mukiza on Thursday.

The decision to lift the suspension, it is understood, follows a recent high court injunction blocking the same suspension.

The officials who were represented by lawyer Mwesigwa Rukutana, asked the court to quash the suspension on grounds that the right procedures were not followed.

They also told the court that they were never accorded a chance to defend themselves against corruption and conflict of interest allegations, before they were thrown out of office.

In his ruling, High Court’s Justice Odoki restrained the government (Attorney General) and UBOS from implementing all the contents in Kasaija’s decision communicated in his letter.

In his letter yesterday however, Minister Kasaija summoned Mukiza and his colleagues for a meeting at the Finance Ministry, to “discuss the way forward” before they could resume work.

The meeting took place this Friday morning.

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