Bagyenda’s bodyguard, driver arrested over stolen BoU documents

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Juliet Adikolet, the bodyguard to former BOU Director, Justine Bagyenda, taking oath on Wednesday.

Members of parliament sitting on the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase)  have handed Justine Bagyenda’s bodyguard Juliet Adikolet and driver Job Turyahebwa to police for lying in parliament.

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.

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.

Opio says that their CCTV camera’s captured Bagyenda’s assistants smuggling bags of documents from the central bank early this year.

On 10th of February 2018, the bags that entered Bank of Uganda with former EDS were staffed and very heavy when they were brought outside.

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Hon Elijah Okupa argued on Thursday that if the security officers did not perform according to their job descriptions, was there any disciplinary action taken against them?

Bagyenda given more time to appear

Bagyenda through her lawyers apologised for not being able to respond to appearance requests before the committee and requests to appear as soon as she returns.

Hon David Agaba argued that all officers involved need to be investigated even those who were supposed to cross check upon entry and exit of the Bank of Uganda.

“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,” observed COSASE chairperson Hon Abdu Katuntu.

Katuntu granted Bagyenda the extension she has asked for through her lawyers.

“If she does not appear on Monday 3rd December 2018 a warrant of arrest has been issued,” he warned.

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.

The driver to Former EDS Bank of Uganda alleged that they drove straight from the Entebbe Airport to Bank of Uganda but tracking the car has 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 to Teefe Trust bank, International Credit bank, Greenland bank, Uganda Cooperative bank, National Bank of Commerce, Global Trust bank and Crane bank.

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