Our sources told us that the president was quick to come to UBC’s rescue simply because he was very well aware of the outstanding tax arrears that had accumulated over the years when UBC was poorly managed. The source told us that the Shs4bn tax arrears was one of the key issues that were to be settled once the presidential directive to give UBC a bailout of Shs 20bn was executed by the ministry of finance. On October 12 last year, Mr Museveni wrote to the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, and copied in, among others, the minister of Finance, the permanent secretary in the same ministry, who also doubles as the Secretary to the Treasury. The president made a directive that they should give the financially troubled UBC a bailout of Shs20 billion to help it get back on its feet. By that time, UBC’s debt burden was said to stand at about Shs29 billion. According to our sources, the bailout money was however delayed after a dossier that we wrote about in this very paper a few months back, got into the corridors of power and led to a new wave of changes at the national broadcaster. The dossier was triggered by the fact that the then newly appointed information and ICT minister in 2016, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, appointed his friend Simon Kaheru as the new board chairman of UBC. And just months into his role, the new chairman’s modus operandi is said to have caused more turbulence at the corporation. Kaheru was accused of overstepping his mandate, usurped the MD’s powers and bulldozed and arm-twisted him and people that were supposed to report him! It wasn’t long before Kaheru even suspended the MD. Two senior citizens took keen interest in the matters at UBC and came out with dossier that had information, backed up with evidence, implicating Kaheru on mismanaging the corporation, its funds, as well as misrepresenting the corporation on a couple of occasions. The dossier was handed to the speaker of parliament- Hon. Rebecca Kadaga. Yet the same dossier indicated that most of Kaheru’s decisions and moves had been backed by the minister- Hon. Tumwebaze,’ hence making the two allies of sorts! It was this dossier that led to the delay to implement the presidential directive to give UBC a Shs 20bn bailout. Instead, the dossier caused a new wave of change that saw Kaheru being side-lined and all decision making powers entrusted in what was dubbed ‘the revamp committee!’ Bagiire Vwas ordered to create a revamp committee that was to spearhead the revamping of the national broadcaster. Mr Bagiire selected a one Dr. Kaggwa as the head of the revamp committee. Other members include defunct Sports TV owner- Nada Andersen as well as a one Leila Najjuko, who is said to have been the first lady’s PA for a very long time. Our sources told us back then that the same revamp committee was, as part of their revamping role, entrusted with overseeing the expenditure of the Shs 20bn bailout money. Our source reliably informed us then, that the first installment of the bailout cash of Shs12bn, had been received by the revamp committee.