Why Justine Bagyenda’s driver, bodyguard have not been charged

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Ms Justine Bagyenda, the former director, Supervision, Bank of Uganda

By Stephen Wandera

KAMPALA, Uganda Police Force is yet to prefer charges against the driver and body guard of Ms Justine Bagyenda, the former director, Supervision, Bank of Uganda who we were arrested for lying on oath. According to Mr Emilian Kayima, there is no sufficient evidence yet to charge the suspects.

The parliamentary committee investigating the closure of commercial banks last Thursday ordered police to arrest Ms Juliet Adikot (bodyguard) and Mr Job Turyahabwe (driver) after the duo gave contradicting testimonies to the committee in relation to Ms Bagyenda’s itinerary on the day three bags were returned to the central bank on February 10, 2018.

Mr Charles Mollo and Ms Beatrice Kyambadde, the BoU security personnel, who were manning the access points that Ms Bagyenda used, were also arrested for negligence of duty because they allowed her in and out without conducting the requisite checks as spelt out in the BoU security manual. The security officers were charged on Tuesday and remanded to Luzira pending court ruling on their bail application.
The driver and body guard who are yet to be charged had initially told a sub-committee chaired by the Army MP, Brig Francis Takirwa, that they drove Ms Bagyenda from Entebbe airport directly to BoU.

Ms Bagyenda who had fled to Amsterdam in his return pledged before legislators to release of his two aids. However Mr Abdul Katuntu told her freeing the suspects is a responsibility of Police.

“That is a mandate of Uganda Police Force not Members of Parliament,” he said.

Its not clear if Ms Bagyenda’ could have had a hand in having hers aids of the hook of the long arm of the law.

 

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