The IGG is toothless and can only bark

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IGG Irene Mulyagonja

By Kagenyi Lukka

The embattled and perennially controversial Inspector General of Government, Irene Mulyagonja is at it again.

At the time when parliament and was debating the report on defunct banks, she chose to throw the public into unsolicited diversionary political gymics.

The report which is the first of its kind in the history of Uganda, was the hard handwork of parliament’s committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises (Cosase) under the wise stewardship of Bugweri County MP, Abdu Katuntu with Bukedea Woman MP, Anita Among as his deputy.

The judiciously and carefully written report indicted officials at Bank of Uganda (BoU) for violating laws in closure and sale of seven commercial banks between 1993-2017.

One of the banks that was arbitrarily closed and sold off was Crane bank Limited (CBL) which was owned by Dr Sudhir Ruparelia. Dfcu acquired at a give away price of Ugx 200 billion.

Among the laws that were violated by BoU officials among others include; The Financial Institutions Statute (FIS) of  1993, The Bank of Uganda Act, The Financial Institutions Act 2004 and the Companies Act.

A total of 53 recommendations were adopted by parliament among which include the trimming of the powers of the governor and his deputy who under the proposed amendments, will no longer chair and deputise the Board of BoU as the norm has been.

Parliament gave the executive only 90 days to bring amendments to the BoU Act or Igara East MP, Micheal Mawanda will move a private members bill.

As discussions progressed, Ms Mulyagonja wrote the speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga stating that she had received a petition whose details were that some committee members on Cosase had been bribed by Bank of Uganda officials and Dr Sudhir Ruparelia.

The Igg shamelessly singled out Abdu Katuntu, Anita Among, Elija Okupa and Samuel Odonga Otto.

Ms Mulyagonja further informed the speaker that she had referred the matter to the Internal Security Organisation (ISO). ISO deals with security matters.

This matter irritated Members of parliament including Ms Kadaga who viewed it as an affront on the doctrine of separation of powers.

Assuming that Ms Mulyagonja’s rumours are founded that Katuntu and team partook in misconduct, why didn’t the Igg refer the matter to police’s criminal Investigations Department (CID) so that the MP are investigated and apprehended through the legal systems since corruption and bribery are criminal offences?

Why didn’t Ms Mulyagonja investigate the matter herself and cause prosecution of the accused as mandated by the Ig Act?

Is this an admission of failure on Mulyagonja’s part or there is an invisible hand behind her actions?

It should be recalled that these rumours had for long circulated on social media, and Mulyagonja’s letter drew most of its notes from a one Tom Voltaire Okwalinga euphemised as TVO.

 Ms Mulyagonja has left undone what she ought to have done, she has lost the glory.

Up to now, the world is yet to receive the IGG’s report on the mysterious wealth of Justine Bagyenda, the indicted and sacked former Executive Director for Commercial bank supervision at the Bank of Uganda.

A whistle blower petitioned the Igg in 2017 to investigate the wealth of Ms Bagyenda whose many properties in upscale suburbs of Kampala and Wakiso are undeclared.

For over a year now, Ms Mulyagonja has neither prosecuted Bagyenda nor told the public about her findings.

The Creation of the State house unit to deal with vices of corruption by the President was a slap in Mulyagonja’s face and more so, a vote of no confidence in her work as IGG.

If Mulyagonja was doing her work well, why wouldn’t the public trust her but rather run to the new unit?

Over time, Ms Mulyagonja has been depicted as a “toothless barking she dog” that can’t bite.

Last year, she attempted in vein to Stop reshuffles at Bank of Uganda claiming that she had been petitioned by shuffled staff.

If I may ask, how did she end with stopping reshuffles and appointments?

Finally, if Ms Mulyagonja was acting in good faith, why didn’t she investigate the rot at BoU?

Lukka.kagenyi@gmail.com

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