The former Executive Director, Banking Supervision Justine Bagyenda’s bodyguard Juliet Adikot, has survived being arrested after she attempted rejecting to take Oath before the bank of Uganda and COSASE Committee saying, Parliament has no powers to summon her and she cannot say anything without knowledge of the IGP.
Adikot had been summoned by COSASE to provide responses to the role she played when the Bank of Uganda CCTV Cameras captured her carrying suspicious bags out of the Central Bank in total breach of the Bank’s security.
However, when asked to take an oath, Ariokot first protested doing so, citing the Police Standing Orders she said her from appearing before any Committee or courts of law without the authorization of the Inspector General of Police.
Katuntu said: “The reason why we require you is that you were captured on CCTV carrying bags which didn’t go through the security system and a team of MPs went and viewed those CCTV so we are going to have a conversation with you about your actions. You are going to tell one Committee what happened, why you bypassed the security system if you know the contents of the bags and what did you carry out?
However, Ariokot who chose to introduce herself as the Aide to Bagyenda pleaded to say something, to which Katuntu obliged on condition she first takes an oath.
Ariokot explained: “According to our Police Standing Orders, I am not supposed to appear before any Committee or court without the authorization of the IGP.”
Her statement angered MPs, and Katuntu was quick to fire back stating, “You are going to say everything there is only one law that is in this country which is superior, that is the Constitution. Your standing orders are subject to the constitution. If you read the constitution, I refer you to article 90, your standing orders are inferior, if anybody ever charges you, and this Committee takes full responsibility.”
Katuntu told Adikot never to use Police Standing Orders to escape from her responsibility of stealing items from the Central Bank
“The actions of you carrying the bags were personal, the person seen carrying those bags is you, not Bagyenda. You are going to tell us what you carried, why you bypassed the security system. We want to know what luggage you carried, you don’t need permission from Bagyenda, you are going to take full responsibility of what you carried out of the bank,” Katuntu said.
Later on, Adikot accepted to take Oath.
Adikot will appear before a Select Committee led by Francis Takirwa (UPDF Representative), Andrew Aja (Kabale Municipality), Nathan Itungo (Kashari County) and Betty Muzanira (Rukungiri Woman) who will question other Bank of Uganda officials, Charles Omoro, Job Turyahebwa (Bagyenda driver) and Beatrice Kyambadde Security Assistant who manned security around the department when the bags left the Bank.