Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) investigating Bank of Uganda over the sale of seven commercial banks have slapped a travel ban on former Executive Director for Supervision Ms Justine Bagyenda.
The committee chairperson, Mr Abdu Katuntu also ordered that her two passports including the one for EAC be deposited in Parliament as MPs continue to grill Bank of Uganda officials over the closed banks.
“I have two passports, one is international and the other is for East Africa which I only use in East African travels,” Ms Bagyenda had said.
Mr Katuntu further ordered that from now onwards, Ms Bagyenda who resurfaced before the committee after several days out of the country, should not go anywhere and must appear with BoU team until investigations are done to which she obliged.
Mr Katuntu made the rulings on the proposals of Kasiro County Member of Parliament, Elijah Okupa.
One of the MPs had also proposed that Ms Bagyenda be subjected to a medical examination in Mulago or Butabika since she complained of headache and couldn’t remember some of the issues put to her.
“I can’t remember whether documents are there or not,” Ms Bagyenda had said when she was asked to produce valuation reports for Greenland Bank.
To this, Mr Katuntu said “I pray you don’t become a victim like your bodyguard [Juliet Adikot]. We can’t help you. Your driver and bodyguard lied to us and the law is taking its course.”
Ms Adikot and Job Turyahabwe were last week detained by police over allegations of perjury. Mr Katuntu ordered their arrest over smuggled documents from BoU allegedly on orders of Ms Bagyenda. The MPs alleged that the two had lied to protect Ms Bagyenda.
At the beginning of the proceedings today, Ms Bagyenda apologised for missing committee meetings and begged the committee to release her bodyguard and driver who were arrested in connection with smuggling documents out of Bank of Uganda.
Mr Katuntu rejected her request and reminded her that it’s a criminal offence to lie while on oath.
“It’s a matter of police and DPP,” Mr Katuntu said.
MPs told Bagyenda that she was going to be arrested if she had not appeared today.