By Our Correspondent
DAILYNEWS UG Unknown person(s) today dropped piglets at the Bank of Uganda premises. The piglets were reportedly dropped by an unidentified man at the main gate of the Central Bank around 10am.
They were draped in placards with the pictures of the Central Bank governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile and Juma Kisaame, the outgoing managing director of DFCU bank.
On seeing the piglets, security guards at Bank of Uganda alerted Central Police Station Kampala, which dispatched a team of officers to pick up the piglets. However, they were unable to find the person who dropped the piglets.
The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, says the piglets were taken for safe custody at CPS Kampala.
“We have not been able to arrest any suspect and we don’t know the reason for dropping the piglets but we are investigating the matter,” Owoyesigyire said.
Bank of Uganda is currently under probe by members of parliament for its role in the sale of Crane bank to dfcu in which over 470bn of taxpayers money was spent. The auditor general in his annual reports, also raised issues with the Central Bank for failing to compile reports on several of closed banks.
Police are searching for five people suspected to have dropped two piglets at Bank of Uganda (BoU), Kampala.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, said on Monday that they were called by some people at BoU reporting to them that piglets had been dropped outside the bank with placards castigating its officials over corruption and theft.
Police said the piglets were picked and are currently kept at Kampala Central Police Station.
“We have two piglets at CPS but the youth who dropped them took off. We are looking for them and they’ll be charged with violation of animal rights,” said Mr Owoyesigyire.
This comes at a time when Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) is investigating into the closure and sale of seven commercial banks by the Bank of Uganda.
In the past, we have witnessed piglets being dropped at Parliament as a form of protest against decisions taken by the lawmakers.
The Bank of Uganda (BoU) Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and his deputy, Dr. Louis Kasekende last Thursday met the committee chaired to answer several queries raised by the AG John Muwanga about the closure of the banks in question.
Parliament last year tasked Muwanga to carry out a special audit following a whistle blower that claimed irregularities during the closures but in their submitted responses, the central bank denies any wrong doing.
During the interface, Katuntu said that although the BoU officials have filed their responses, they sound more like a monologue unless backed with documentary evidence to back up the claims.
On his part Kasekende warned that not all documents will be furnished to the committee because some such as the loans schedule are subject to confidentiality clauses provided for in the country’s legal framework.
Mutebile has asked the committee up to close of business on Monday to avail the needed documents, but the lawmakers will not convene until Friday after reading and internalising the documents.
Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Entreprises STANDING COMMITTEES
- 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.
- to examine the income and expenditure of any public corporation and state enterprise, or other body or organisation established by an Act of Parliament together with the Balance Sheet and Statement of Profit and Loss Accounts which the Auditor General may have been requested to prepare under the Constitution or under the provisions of statutory orders regulating the financing of a particular corporation, enterprise or body and the report of the Auditor-General on them.
- to examine the statement of accounts showing the income and expenditure of a statutory body or organisation, the audit of which may be conducted by the Auditor General either under the direction of the President in accordance with clause (7) of Article 163 of the Constitution or by any Act of Parliament, and
- subject to the Constitution and to these Rules, to monitor the operations of any Commission or Authority established under the Constitution or any Act of Parliament.
The Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises comprises of 20 Members designated by Party Whips on the basis of proportional Party Membership in the House taking into consideration the numerical strength of the Parties and interests of Independent Members.