By Jumah Nsubuga
The Minister for Information and National Guidance, Mary Karooro Okurut has been thrown out of the house committee of presidential affairs for failing to produce documents pertaining to management of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).
This came after the committee observed that since last year when the top managers of UBC were suspended, the status of this government owned body has remained unclear why it operates without a board contrary to rules governing government owned entities.
President Museveni last year ordered for the suspension of top managers of UBC citing the mismanagement and abuse of office that included fraudulent sale of land, and theft of equipments like the masts and transmitters.
The minister had appeared before the committee defend 2012/13 budget for the ministry of information under which UBC is being managed.
The committee has also halted the approval of the ministry of information budget pending clarification on matters regarding the progress of investigations into abuse of office by the officials that were suspended.
The committee also gave the minister up to tomorrow to produce the information that was used as a basis to suspend UBC top managers, report on the status and management of UBC for the last one year where all existing workers are in acting capacity, the number of existing workers and their mode of recruitment, accountability on revenues collected from several assets including masts, as well as produce a report on investigations that were used as a basis to clear her predecessor Kabakumba Matsiko among others.
Minister Karoro Okurut however told the committee that the slow pace at which police is handling the investigations into the cases against suspended officials has hindered the operations of the body, where a new board can not be instituted before the outcome of the investigations.
Minister Okurut also told MPs that she was given powers by the solicitor general to appoint the acting board at UBC as the progress of investigations into abuse of office by the officials who were suspended goes on.