COSASE impounds gov’t vehicle, bodyguard from Bagyenda

COSASE impounds gov’t vehicle, bodyguard from Bagyenda

The committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) have on Friday taken away the government vehicle and the bodyguard from the former director of Supervision for Commercial banks at Bank of Uganda Justine Bagyenda.

The  COSASE deputy chairperson Anita Among made the directions after MPs took offence to the fact that Bagyenda continues to utilize bank resources even after retiring Mid last year.

The matter was brought to the fore by Kasiki county MP Elijah Okupa during proceedings of the BOU probe on Friday he noted that the committee had been given assurances by the governor Emmanuel Mutebile that all privileges accruing to Bagyenda would cease on the 31st of December 2018.

MPs led by Among demanded to know who had approved what they termed as wastage and nugatory expenditure after 1st Jan 2019.

The acting director administration Dan Tibamwenda was called in from head office to provide an explanation, he told the committee that owing to the unique nature of Bagyenda’s security situation where she feared for her life a bodyguard was assigned to her but when she was detained during the probe Bagyenda was assigned a BOU guard who had to use a government vehicle to ensure that she attends COSASE meetings.

He said the board had resolved to extend to her the privileges until June this year.

This answer failed to satisfy MPs like Francis Mwijukye and Beatrice Anywar loudly objected to it and argued that it is her constitutional obligation to attend the probe with or without a government vehicle or bodyguards.

Among quizzed Tibamwenda on who had made a recommendation to the board.

Okupa argued that it is the mandate of the IGP and not the bank to assign bodyguards to citizens who need protection.

Among ruled that all privileges be withdrawn and that the bank must compute and submit before the committee the number of funds that have been illegally channeled to wasteful expenditure in this regard.