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How Former BoU Boss Bagyenda Sneaked Out Key Documents

On Wednesday, Committee Chairperson Abdu Katuntu formed a special Committee led by MP Takirwa to inquire into circumstances under which Bagyenda allegedly took away key documents. This comes after CCTV cameras captured Bagyenda’s aides carrying bags out of BoU premises without going through security check points before taking them to the V8 Land Cruiser car Reg no UAR192Y where Bagyenda was waiting from.
posted onNovember 29, 2018
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By Max Patrick Ocaido

The Parliamentary committee of Commissions on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) has detailed how former Executive Director in charge of Supervision at Bank of Uganda (BoU) Justine Bagyenda with the help of her aides sneaked out documents purportedly regarding the sale of 7 defunct banks currently under investigation.

On Wednesday, Committee Chairperson Abdu Katuntu formed a special Committee led by MP Takirwa to inquire into circumstances under which Bagyenda allegedly took away key documents. This comes after CCTV cameras captured Bagyenda’s aides carrying bags out of BoU premises without going through security check points before taking them to the V8 Land Cruiser car Reg no UAR192Y where Bagyenda was waiting from.

Indeed, the special committee on Thursday interacted with Bagyenda’s aides; Juliet Adikorit, body guard, Job Turyahebwa, driver, Beatrice Kyambadde, Head of Security, BoU and others to give an account of how ‘documents’ regarding sale of banks were sneaked out of BoU premises. Other officers who have been pinned include; Charles Omoro and David Kamurasi. Adikorit and the driver Turyahebwa accepted carrying the bags, but said that they did not know what they were carrying in the bags.

“Adikorit, the body guard was the first person to appear on CCTV later on Job (Turyahebwa) was also there. The two told us that they didn’t know what they were carrying and fortunately, Juliet carried something that was open [in a plastic bag], it wasn’t sealed but she couldn’t see inside because she was concerned with security and didn’t bother to know what she was carrying,” MP Takirwa said.

On the evening of 10th February, 2018, Kyambadde who was officer in charge of security admits to have allowed those persons [Adikorit and Turyahebwa) out of office without any verification, registered for future reference and she also didn’t know what was taken out of the office.

On the 14th March 2018, police officer Charles Omoro was on duty when Bagyenda came to the Bank offices and passed through the check points that day. Adikorit carried a red bag and the driver- Turyahebwa also carried another bag which was black from the vehicle into the office.

“Charles didn’t know what was carried inside and later carried outside. When Bagyenda came into office, she came with two bags which were carried by aides and as she was leaving, the two bags were again carried outside most likely after being off loaded and on the way out these bags were stuffed, they weren’t the same size as they entered,” Takirwa added.

“When we looked at the timings, Bagyenda entered on Saturday, she entered the Bank after exiting vehicle at around 3:13Pm then Adikorit came from office at 4:12Pm almost an hour after they had entered office, deposited whatever was being taken, she came back with the driver and they entered, picked the remaining two bags. Job was carrying one blue bag and some other small ones. Juliet was carrying when was being seen and they placed the items in the vehicle at around 4:50Pm. Bagyenda came out of her office, entered the vehicle and they set off.”

According to the Police information, on 14th March 2018, Bagyenda again returned to office and entered Bank premises at about 6.23pm where Juliet carried the red bag out of the vehicle followed by Job, the driver and they entered the office.

“Omoro watched as they entered without being checked and it was unusual that there is another door behind checkpoint but can only be opened for emergency. However, the door was already opened for them, they didn’t use the check point,” Takirwa said.

Despite being on oath, Bgyenda’s aides continued giving contradicting statements prompting the committee to hand them over the Parliament Police CID for further investigation.

Deputy Governor, BoU vowed to handle security matters in the Central Bank, adding that any breach of security will be investigated.

“The issue of security is important to the Bank and we are having a parallel investigation to this. I want to assure you that we have a lot of interest when things like this happen. Investigations will be made and we shall hand over staff at our own disciplinary Committee,” Kasekende said.

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