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UIA boss Paul Kyalimpa resigns amid probe over Shs500m service award

Kampala, (UG): The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) Deputy Director General, Mr Paul Kyalimpa has thrown in the towel and resigned from his position amid an ongoing probe at the authority over the service award fee bonanza.

In his letter of resignation dated May 16, 2024, Kyalimpa who is among the UIA top bosses named in the honoraria award fee share indicated that he decided to go and undertake professional training for more than one year, which requires intense concentration and dedication.”

“Please accept this letter as a formal notice of my resignation from the post of Deputy Director General as per UIA Human Resource Manual 2021,” Kyalimpa’s letter reads in part.

“I intend to take my remaining annual leave for the Financial Year 2023/24 on 27th May 2024 and thereafter return to office to finalize the handover process,” he added.

UIA’s board chairman, Morrison Rwakakamba received the letter on May 20, 2024, according to official records but an official communication regarding Kyalimpa’s resignation was pending by press time.

The resignation comes at a time State Minister of Finance in charge of Privatisation, Evelyne Anite is mounting pressure on UIA’s top management to return the Shs. 545 million received as ‘honoraria’ from funds earmarked for the construction of transport infrastructure in Namanve Industrial Park.

Kyalimpa is said to have resigned amid the contentious 500m service award that was doled out to some members of the staff and bosses.

In a twist of things, Kyalimpa through his lawyers Alaka and Co Advocates recently threatened to sue the Minister for defamation after mentioning his name in the saga. 

“You Published the said words knowing they were false having calculated that the benefit to them would be in terms of political capital while lowering and injuring our client an ardent Christian, Deputy Director General-UIA, Political Leader, and a family man,” Kyalimpa’s lawyers said in a letter to Anite on June 26, 2024.

In response, Anite stated “It is my unwavering position that I pledge to defend the taxpayers of Uganda against corruption, abuse of office and misuse of public funds, be it even in the courts of law in Uganda or anywhere in the world, to the last drop of my blood. So, bring it on.”

Kyalimpa joined UIA in 2020. His appointment came after he withdrew from contesting against Finance Minister Matia Kasaija for the MP seat of Buyanja County in Kibale district.

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