By Andrew Irumba
Members of the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) have on Thursday handed Justine Bagyenda’s bodyguard Juliet Adikolet and driver Job Turyahebwa to police for lying in parliament.
Bank of Uganda director of security Milton Opio told a committee of parliament that the former executive director in charge of supervision Justine Bagyenda facilitated the theft of documents from the central bank, and that it’s her body guard and driver who helped her carry the bags full of suspected documents.
Opio said that their CCTV camera’s captured Bagyenda’s assistants smuggling bags of documents from the central bank early this year.
“They lied under oath, carried the bags full of documents outside and back into Bank of Uganda, according to CCTV footage, and are now to be treated as criminal suspects,” said the Bugweri MP cum COSASE Chairman Hon.Abdul Katuntu.
On 10th of February 2018, the bags that entered Bank of Uganda with former Executive Director were staffed and very heavy when they were brought outside.
Bagyenda through her lawyers apologised for not being able to respond to appearance requests before the committee but confirmed that she would appear as soon as she returns.
“Once we notice that there is some criminality we need to submit them to CID for investigation. We are not a Court of Judicature to prosecute suspects,” said Abdul Katuntu while making ruling for duo to be handed over to police.
Katuntu argued that since the bodyguard and driver lied under oath, carried the bags outside and back to Bank of Uganda and there is evidence, they have to be forwarded to CID.
Katuntu granted Bagyenda the extension she asked for through her lawyers which is Monday next week.
“If she does not appear on Monday 3rd December 2018 a warrant of arrest has been issued,” he warned.
The driver to Ms.bagyenda alleged that they drove straight from the Entebbe Airport to Bank of Uganda but tracking on the car revealed that the car spent more than three hours before reaching the bank.
“There are documents missing which should help us ascertain the gist of the matter,” Katuntu added.
According to Hon Moses Kasibante, the whole security department of Bank of Uganda needs to be put in question and not only the carriers of the bags.
The committee is investigating irregularities in the central bank and the mess surrounding the closure of at least seven banks over the years.
The banks include Teefe Trust bank, International Credit bank, Greenland bank, Uganda Cooperative bank, National Bank of Commerce, Global Trust bank and Crane bank.