By Kagenyi Lukka
The speaker of parliament, Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga, has been lionized as a lady with a heart of gold for the judiciousness and perspicacity with which she has conducted parliamentary business.
Parliament under her stewardship has increasingly become more assertive and acted visibly independently in several cases.
For instance, she stood her ground in the case of the famous NRM rebel Members of parliament that had been expelled by their party.
And the Attorney general then, Peter Nyombi had advised that Barnabas Tinkasimire, Wilfred Nuwagaba, Mohammed Nsereko and Theodore Ssekikubo should vacate their seats because the party had disowned them. The constitutional court too ruled against the four Members of parliament.
By ruling that the four Members of parliament should maintain their seats, the speaker won the confidence and trust of Ugandans at large.
Kadaga and the crane bank saga
The takeover and later sale of crane bank came to the attention of parliament through its committee on State Authorities and State Enterprises which ordered the auditor general to conduct a special audit on the closure of the closure of commercial banks in by Bank of Uganda in a letter dated 28th November 2018.Here, the auditor general had to pay specific attention to the famous crane bank saga.
Whereas this audit had been characterized by Dr Louis Kasekende,the deputy solicitor general and the deputy speaker as subjudicial, Madam Kadaga stood her ground and overruled them paving away for the special audit whose findings came out on 27th August 2018.The findings of this special audit are indicting to the Ms. Justine Bagyenda who I want to discuss below.
Bagyenda’s reappointment to the FIA board is questionable, and so will be her confirmation.
Despite several complaints against Justine Bagyenda from the general public, the minister of Finance planning and Economic Development, Matia Kasaija went ahead to appoint Ms. Bagyenda to the board of the Financial Intelligence Authority where she has served since it was created.
The financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) was established by parliament under the anti-money laundering act, 2013
The sacked former Executive Director for Commercial bank supervision at the bank of Uganda is also under separate investigation by the Inspector General of Government (IGG) over illicit accumulation of wealth.
The financial Intelligence Authority where she was appointed to serve for the second term was also petitioned to investigate her over possibility of money laundering after it emerged that she had close to Ugx 18 billion on her different bank accounts.
Bagyenda is also on Spot from the Uganda Revenue Authority over tax evasion.
There also a motion on the floor of parliament to carry out a special investigation of her role in the crane bank mess.
While Bagyenda was expected to appear for vetting before the parliament’s appointments committee yesterday, she made no show prompting outrage among certain members of parliament as to why she didn’t appear.
Some sources indicate that the embattled former powerful EDS was advised by her lawyers not to appear with others indicating she is abroad.
Bagyenda’s appointment is questionable and her confirmation by parliament will be an embarrassment not only to parliament, and the institutions of the Country.
Kagenyi Lukka is a current affairs analyst and the next MP, Ikiiki.