You Will Be Arrested If You Don’t Show Up On Tuesday! MPs Warn Bagyenda

You Will Be Arrested If You Don’t Show Up On Tuesday! MPs Warn Bagyenda

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Former Director of Supervision for Commercial banks, Ms. Justine Bagyenda who was today (November 23) supposed to appear before the MPs on the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) as the probe into closure of seven commercial banks continues did not show up.

Ms Bagyenda wrote to the Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, indicating that she would not appear before the committee today because she had travelled outside the country for some engagements.

Ms Bagyenda's letter which Mr Katuntu read to
Ms Bagyenda’s letter which Mr Katuntu read to other committee members

Upon receipt of Ms Bagyenda’s letter, the committee members were furious, prompting Mr Katuntu to issue fresh summons requiring her to appear next week on Tuesday without fail or face arrest.

“I would have preferred to invoke powers for purposes of a warrant of arrest which we do have, however, let us be conscious that there is always the first offence. This meeting is going to resume on Tuesday. Summons will be issued to Bagyenda. If she doesn’t appear on Tuesday, we will be left with no option but issue warrant of arrest,” Katuntu said.

Mr Katuntu also instructed CID Police to go to immigration to verify Ms Bagyenda’s alleged trip abroad.

While issuing out the directives, Mr Katuntu said this was aimed at sending a lesson to other civil servants as well as protect the integrity of both the Committee and Parliament.

Ms Bagyenda and Mr Benedict Ssekabira, the director of Financial Markets Development Coordination, were to present evidence of reports on how the value of assets of three closed commercial banks assessed so far, was reduced from Shs117b to Shs98b after the Central Bank took over the liquidation.

Man on the Spot Benedict Ssekabira presenting some documents to COSASE Vice Chairperson Among Anita as BoU Governor, Emmanuel Mutebile looks on.

COSASE Chairman Abdu Katuntu on Thursday adjourned proceedings to Friday, after both Mr Sekabira and Ms Bagyenda failed to present evidence of submission of reports to the Governor Tumusiime Mutebile and appointment letters for Mr. Sekabira as demanded by Committee vice chairperson Ms Anita Among.

Ms Bagyenda’s letter on Friday fell short of revealing the country she had headed to, neither did the letter give details on when she is expected back into the country to face the probe.

The contents of the letter angered the MPs, like Iganga Municipality MP, Paul Mugema pointed out that it had become a common habit among civil servants to run away from probes, pointing out Jonathan Baronza, and Siraje Bakaleke whose whereabouts aren’t known.

Vincent Woboya (Budadiri East MP) said that there is need to have Bagyenda produced before Parliament because there is a possibility she sneaked out with some documents and therefore, there is need to have these documents searched for and brought to Parliament.

Mwijukye chipped in with another dossier saying reports indicate that Bagyenda entered Bank of Uganda and picked some documents on Sunday and that security had written to the Governor to that effect.

Former Works Minister, Abraham Byandala said there was no way the Committee was going to accept people to abuse rules of Parliament as well as the Constitution, adding that Police has to be notified of Bagyenda’s fleeing warning that if this isn’t done, then Parliament risks creating more defiant figures like Bagyenda at Uganda’s Central Bank.

 

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