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IGG official on spot as Nakalema probes bribery allegations into Kasekende investigations

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A total official at Inspectorate of Government (names withheld) is under investigations for alleged bribery and diversion of investigations into the former Deputy Governor at Bank of Uganda Dr. Louis Kasekende.

The investigations are being carried out by State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

Eagle online has established that the said official is said to have called the whistleblower of the information threatening that the case against Kasekende be withdrawn as it can cause the informer problems. However, the said whistleblower insisted on the Inspectorate putting it in writing so as it is official.

Kasekende and others top officials at the central bank are under a wide range investigation including corruption and ill accumulation of wealth.

IGG has previously claimed that some of the Inspectorate officials are often involved in bribery taking. However, the institution has lately intensified in house cleaning method amongst its staff after it emerged that State House Anti-Corruption Unit has kept an open eye as a way of cleaning up those corrupt.

In December 2018, a leaked document showed that Dr. Kasekende transferred 12 plots of land into the names of his driver Moses Musitwa in an effort to dodge the scrutiny of the Inspector General of Government (IGG).

The IGG among other mechanisms used the Leadership Code Act 2002, to catch senior public officials who may have involved in corruption to grow wealth. The officials are required by the Act to declare their properties for purposes of accountability and transparency.

Some of the properties Kasekende transferred into the driver’s names.

According to the document, Dr. Kasekende transferred the properties to the names of his driver on January 31, 2018.

The document says Kasekende has 35 properties in his names yet he only declared to IGG six properties.

The leaked documents show that much as Kasekende transferred the properties into names his driver Musitwa, there is no evidence to show that the deputy governor sold the plots to the latter.

The plots are located in Busiro on Block 314. They are plots No. 6090, 6091, 6092, 6093, 6094, 6095, 6096, 6097, 6098, 6099, 6100 and 6101. The plots range from 0.0450-0.0590 hectares.

However, up to date, the Inspectorate hasn’t released the report into these investigations. This website can reveal that yesterday one of those under investigations met with the investigators on how the summarily close the file without causing alarm to the whistleblower.

Earlier this website revealed that two directors at Bank of Uganda were under investigations by State House Anti-Corruption Unit for allegedly paying Shs6 billion to two city lawyers.

The two directors are Benedict Ssekabira, of Financial Markets Development Coordination (FMDC) and Margaret Kasule, director legal services.

According to sources, the two directors are alleged to have sanctioned the payment of Shs6 billion to Timothy Masembe Kanyerezi and David Mpanga of Bowmans. Sources further allege that although this money was released as legal fees, however, its intended purposes is to cover all the legal loopholes in the case of Crane Bank Limited takeover and subsequent during receivership.

The two lawyers represented BoU and the payment for their services has been ongoing until parliament probing committee, Committee on Commissions, State Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) that investigated BoU over the controversial sale of seven commercial banks between 1993 and October 20, 2016.

In December 2017, the Commercial Court disqualified city lawyers Mr Kanyererezi Masembe and Mr. David Mpanga from the Sh397 billion Sudhir Ruparelia’s case against Bank of Uganda (BoU), also citing conflict of interest.

In his ruling delivered on December 21, 2017, the head of the commercial court division, Justice Wangutusi stated that Mr. David Mpanga of A.F. Mpanga Advocates and Timothy Masembe of MMAKS Advocates acted in violation of the Advocates (Professional Conduct) regulations.

Last month, it was alleged that BoU released Shs4 billion as part of the balance on Shs20 billion to the same lawyers. However, what is intriguing investigators is why paying that entire amount to the lawyers and yet some of the cases are jointly handled by BoU own lawyers.

Sources say that the payment could be part of the ploy to falsify accountability in the case of Shs478 billion.

Also what is of interests to investigators are revelation that these have ill accumulated wealth which cannot resonate with their salaries.



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