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Bagyenda seeks permission to travel for X-mas holidays

Justine Bagyenda

Justine Bagyenda

Former central bank executive director Justine Bagyenda is seeking repossession of her passports to enable her travel for a Christmas holiday. 

The passports were confiscated by the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) early this month, after Bagyenda snubbed the committee, where she was expected to respond to queries on the irregularities in the sale of commercial banks over the years. 

The committee is investigating circumstances under which the central bank closed and sold Teefe Trust bank, International Credit Bank Ltd, Greenland bank, Uganda Cooperative bank, National Bank of Commerce, Global Trust bank and Crane bank. The banks were closed between 1993 and 2016. 

At a time when she was needed to respond to the queries, Bagyenda suddenly traveled to Houston, USA to attend the International Trauma Summit. During her absence, evidence presented to the committee, indicated that she was in charge of supervision at the time of the closure of the cited banks, and was at the pivot of all operations and irregularities of the bank. 

Upon her return, Bagyenda was asked to deposit both her passports with the parliamentary police officer in charge. Cosase chairperson Abdu Katuntu today said that he had received a letter from Bagyenda requesting for her passports.

Katuntu says that Bagyenda is a very critical witness since all the bank closure transactions were based in her office and that they cannot have a useful meeting in her absence. Katuntu said that they will base their decision on the committee's program.
"We can’t refuse anybody to go for Christmas but then whether she goes for Christmas, she must be here when we need. So she will tell us when she’s leaving. She has to reconcile her program of travel with the committee travel. Where they conflict, the committee program prevails over her travels because we’re not going to stop this process because madam Bagyenda is on holiday. However we can’t also keep here when the committee is not meeting, it is soon going to be Christmas festival and people will be going for Christmas." said Katuntu.


0 #1 Wooden K. 2018-12-14 21:25
Hello Uganda !

If I thought that Observer is still interested in our comments , I would write and ask like this:

Bagyenda speaks exactly ike one Lady in the Big House. Bayenda is not a Stella Nnyanzi.or Kyagulanyi or Zaake. So she will go .

Her only problem is that unlike all ladies in yellow , she does not wear that Big House haircut uniform- like Judas Beti ,Queen Nankabirwa , Tiny Lumumba , Grey Nalweyiso , Sister Nakyobe, Offside Kusasira , Madamu Nanka , Peace Nyinobushozi, Mrs Obote Amongi, Princess Kayombera from Busoga and Latest Lt.Col.Nakalema.
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0 #2 Kabayekka 2018-12-15 13:14
Unless the police does not see how serious this investigation is to the taxpayers money, some of these officials should b their e in police custody. It is a country that puts citizens in custody anyhow.
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+1 #3 Zaitun 2018-12-15 15:51
This woman should be denied access to these passports since she has a case to answer.

How sure are we that she is not going to hide what she looted after selling off those Banks?
Why can she not celebrate her X-Mass in Uganda other than abroad?

How sure are we that she will return after failing to answer certain questions of public interest?
What exactly is she hiding behind this X-Mass holiday to be enjoyed outside the country?

No, she should not be given this Red Carpert treatment for dignitaries or our will investigators risk burning their fingers for permitting this rogue of a woman make fun of their behavior.

She is better to be seen in prison than to enjoy what she has looted as a result of banditism.
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+1 #4 Omuzira Ente 2018-12-15 16:05
There is no problem allow her go and enjoy her loot before the right Govt comes to power.

Parliament including the Speaker and Cosase members have no moral authority to investigate corruption when they are always bribed by President to pass unconstitutional laws.

The country is running a great danger of being in hands of people beyond retirement age. The danger in Uganda is that people know very little of what is happening behind the curtains.

This is partly due to the fact that most Ministers responsible to supervise all these departments are beyond retirement age take the example of Prime Minister's office's all are above 75years if not 80yrs.

The one of Gender incharge of NSSF funds was called from retirement. People like Hon Butiime, Gen Tumwine, Gen Otafiiire are all grandfathers who have decided to look for food for their stomachs as they lack the necessary to interpret most digit documents. The blame goes back to the CORRUPT Parliament where
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+2 #5 Kirya 2018-12-16 21:21
Ordered by m7 to close the banks and enrich
M7 family.
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+1 #6 Lakwena 2018-12-17 10:45
Except sneaking out for good, with all the grilling and stress herein, what kind of Christmas is Bagyenda going to celebrate? Christmas nightmares, e.g. falling thru the chimney into the heath fire below.

Say no to the Bank of Uganda Witch.

Otherwise, Bagyenda agenda!
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+1 #7 WADADA rogers 2018-12-17 11:13
This woman is a joker, how about the people who lost their businesses because of her unlawful decision to close the banks, how many people lost their jobs, are these people also going abroad for Christmas.

However, it is evident from Katuntu's tone that she will be given her passport with very stupid conditions
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0 #8 rubangakene 2018-12-18 19:05
Why does she need a passport to go to the village like every one of us, eh?

She has just gone to Mauritius for God sake; this investigation is a very grave matter that threatens the very integrity of our country, moreover she will be on holiday while her so called "co - conspirators" are languishing behind bars.

This "lady" must join them in the cells there since she is a flight risk.

Has the committee established that her holiday destination will allow her to be repatriated back in case of default; are these destinations happen to be towards the Panama or any similar places I wonder!
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