A pressure group, Youth Power Research Uganda, has urged the Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja to leave fears behind and publish a report on investigations into Justine Bagyenda’s alleged illicit wealth.
The group wrote a letter on July 13, 2018 arguing that their demand to the IGG to publish the report is based on the constitution of Uganda not their personal interests.
Ms Bagyenda is a former director of supervision at the Bank of Uganda (BOU) who was sacked early this year by her boss, the governor, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, without giving any clear reasons. Her sacking would later attract the attention of the IGG and president Museveni.
She is alleged to have amassed too much wealth, which include owning various properties in Kampala and holding tens of billions of shillings on different bank accounts. Ms Bagyenda insists she amassed hear wealth by working hard.
In June the IGG said investigations into Bagyenda’s wealth were going on that the report would be shared with relevant authorities, meaning it will take long or it may never be open to the general public.
The group says that the constitution of Uganda gives the office of the IGG independence and power in the execution its work without fear.
“Article 227 of the constitution confirms your institution independence. Article 225 and 230 of the constitution further more clothe your office with the necessary powers to perform your functions,” the letter reads in part.
The group say the IGG has taken long to issue the report. “We regret to note that this exercise by your office has taken disproportionately long without any results. At this rate it would take centuries to dispose of just a handful of matters of matters under your charge, “the group says.
Bagyenda is alleged to have used her position to amass wealth as her leaked bank accounts indicate she has close to Shs20 billion spread on her accounts in GT Bank, Barclays Bank and others.