Bemanya Hands Over Office of UTL Administrator to Lawyer, Ruth Sebatindira

Bemanya Twebaze (R) handing over to Ruth Sebatindira (L)

Bemanya Twebaze has Monday handed over the office of Administrator at the insolvent State-owned Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) to the new Administrator, Ruth Sebatindira.

Sebatindira was last week appointed by court to head the administration of the telco following a court process.

Bemanya had assumed the role of Administrator of UTL in 2017 after the telco became insolvent. It followed the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan owned firm that owned 69 per cent shares in March 2017.

However, through a court application, UTL creditors accused Bemanya of failing to perform his roles.

The court application against Bemanya was filed by the Uganda Contribution Employees’ Contributory Pension Scheme (UCECPS) which is one of the major UTL creditors. UTL owes UCEPS in excess of Shs 12 billion.

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The creditors argued that Bemanya failed to perform his roles when he failed to collect the outstanding amounts due to UTL from government departments.

On Monday, Bemanya handed tools of office to Sebatindira, an accomplished lawyer who is also former President of Uganda Law Society.

He expressed confidence in Sebatindira saying she is capable to turning around the struggling company.

“Her competence and experience, makes me confident that she will build on the successes to make the UTL brand better, ” Bemanya said in a tweet.

Ruth is a Senior Counsel and currently a Founding Partner at Ligomarc Advocates since 2003.

She is a Commissioner at the Judicial Service Commission which advises the President of Uganda on the appointment of Judges, exercises disciplinary control over Judicial officers and advises on the administration of Justice in Uganda.

Ruth has an LLM from The University of Manchester, UK. She is a member of Uganda Law Society, East Africa Law Society, International Bar Association, International Fiscal Association and Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

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