THE Attorney General (AG), Francis Ayume, has hammered the last nail on the controversy over Uganda Lottery Company Limited (ULCâ€™s) licence validity.
In a February 10 legal opinion to the Vice- President, Dr. Speciosa Kazibwe, Ayume said: â€œMy legal opinion is that the agency agreement signed on February 25, 2002 is valid and effective.â€
When The New Vision called him yesterday he said, â€œI quoted article 1.1.7 of the agency agreement between the finance ministry and the ULC.â€
He added, â€œThis article stipulates that the agency agreement is effective from the date the parties signed it. In this case, the effective date is February 25, 2002,â€ Ayume said.
Ayumeâ€™s opinion was copied to the Prime Minister, Prof. Apollo Nsibambi, finance minister Ssendaula and the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Joan Magezi.
Kazibwe had in a February 7 letter to Ayume sought his legal opinion on the licence after a dispute on its validity.
Jean Claude Kabeba and Moses Ssemuwemba signed as ULC director and secretary.
Ssendaula said last evening, â€œWell, if the AG has given his legal opinion, which I have not yet seen, who am I to challenge it?â€ he asked.
He added, â€œ But my concern was not the validity of the licence. We wanted to know the kind of people who were to run it.â€
Lotto licence valid, says AG