DailyNewsUG |Parliament of Uganda|
- MPs say the bodyguard and driver of the former central bank executive director for supervision gave contradicting testimonies to the committee in relation to the whereabouts of the documents.
DailyNewsUG |Parliament of Uganda|
Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Entreprises (COSASE), the parliamentary committee investigating the closure of commercial banks yesterday ordered police to arrest the bodyguard and driver of Ms Justine Bagyenda, the former executive Director for supervision at the central bank, in connection with critical documents that were secretly taken away from the bank.
The MPs ordered the arrest of Ms Juliet Adikot (bodyguard) and Mr Job Turyahabwe (driver) after the duo gave contradicting testimonies to the committee in relation to Ms Bagyenda’s itinerary on the day three bags were returned to the central bank on February 10, 2018.
Mr Charles Mollo and Ms Beatrice Kyambadde, the BoU security personnel, who were manning the access points that Ms Bagyenda used, were also arrested for negligence because they allowed her in and out without conducting the requisite checks as spelt out in the BoU security manual.
The duo had initially told a sub-committee chaired by the Army MP, Brig Francis Takirwa, that they drove Ms Bagyenda from Entebbe airport directly to BoU.
However, evidence presented by the central bank security director, Mr Milton Opiyo, tracked Ms Bagyenda to have first travelled to Kiswa between Nakawa and Bugolobi.
“There was a serious security breach of BoU’s security. Rule 20(15) of the Security Policy states: All persons shall go through a security screening without exception. 20(16) states all items brought into the bank shall go through security screening without exception but on two occasions, these rules were not adhered to,” Brig Takirwa’s report said.
Documents before the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) indicate Sunderland Avenue in Bugolobi as Ms Bagyenda’s stated address.
Footage retrieved from BoU’s Vehicle Tracking GPS system by Mr Opiyo tracked Ms Bagyenda’s movements from Entebbe airport to Kiswa and that was the cause of trouble for her aides.
“It left the airport at 12.03pm and it was in Kiswa from 1.25pm. It was parked in Kiswa for some time at 2pm because it shows that the mileage is not moving. It was in Kiswa from 1.57pm to 4.59pm. At around 5pm, it started moving at 12km/hr to Bugolobi-Kitintale-Mbuya up to Kampala Road which I suspect is BoU at 6:22pm,” Mr Opiyo quoted the BoU GPS Vehicle Tracking System.
In their defence, Ms Adikot and Mr Turyahabwe said they could not recollect all the movements of that day but admitted that the footage from the GPS was accurate.
Above: BoU GPS Tracking
“I have driven Ms Bagyenda for two years. I have been moving a lot. Sometimes as a human being, you can forget but when he [Opiyo] was reading the movements, I remembered where we passed,” Mr Turyahabwe said.
Committee chairperson Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri County MP) asked the parliamentary CID Police to open an investigation on the conduct of the four officers and submit weekly reports to the committee until a final statement is recorded.
“There is property of the bank at stake. The officers who carried this property have lied on oath. We would like to know what exactly the contents of those bags were and how you [and Bagyenda] travelled. Where did you leave those bags?” Mr Katuntu asked.
Ms Bagyenda will appear before the committee on Monday after her lawyers requested for extension of her summons, saying she will arrive in the country on Sunday. She is currently at a conference in the United States.
COSASE ROLE: The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises is mandated to examine the reports and audited accounts of Statutory Authorities, Corporations and Public Enterprises and in the context of their autonomy and efficiency, ascertain whether their operations are being managed in accordance with the required competence and where applicable, in accordance with sound business principles and prudent commercial practices.