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Uganda Telecom in Meltdown as Eight Top Managers Quit

Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL), the oldest telecom firm in Uganda is increasingly getting troubled following the quitting of its top managers.

In a February21, 2017 press statement, UTL revealed to the public that a number of its top employees had ceased being part of the company and they were therefore not authorised to conduct business on its behalf.

These include Gabriel Ewalu, who has been working as Interconnect Manager, Stephen Kasumba, formerly National Sales Manager-Direct Sales, Ali Tamubula, formerly Regional Sales Manager-East, Christine Kainamura, formerly Distribution and Logistics Supervisor, John Sendikaddiwa, formerly Head of Finance, Catherine Alepus, formerly Cashier-Head Office, James Mugombe, formerly Specialist NGN and John Magala, formerly Payments Verification and Fixed Assets Accountant.

These quit between late 2016 and February13, 2017. UTL is under the management of Mark Jude Shoebridge as its Managing Director.

Shoebridge was appointed to the position on January 28, 2016 to revamp the troubled telecom firm. UTL is under probe by the Parliamentary Select Committee.

The committee is investigating into the mismanagement of the embattled telecom company. Appearing before the committee late last year, Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director at UCC, called for liquidation of UTL and allow government to take full ownership of the telecom company.

“UTL has violated every provision of the law. Its license should have been revoked long ago. Something should be done because the weakness of UTL affects the whole industry and the country.

“I think we can give you logical facts for the last five years and judge for yourself. As a Regulator, I think this Company shouldn’t be running.

“If there is any other view, let someone come and convince us,” Mutabazi said. UTL is said to be choking on Shs670bn debt.

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