Mutebile and Ochola to be vetted

Parliament’s Appointments Committee chaired by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is today expected to vet Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile as Governor Bank of Uganda (BoU) and Martin Okoth Ochola for another term as the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Mutebile’s contract ended on 14th January, serving for 20 years as Governor of BoU. During his tenure, he presided over dubious activities which tainted the image of the Bank. In January, Museveni extended Mutebile’s term in office for another five years.

It should be recalled that in February 2018 Tumusiime-Mutebile made staff changes where he replaced former executive director of supervision Justine Bagyenda with Dr. Tumubweine Twinemanzi.

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President Yoweri Museveni later appointed a committee to investigate staff changes. Later it was established that Tumusiime-Mutebile made some transfers and appointed Twinemanzi without consulting other members of the BoU board, a decision they said was wrong as the governor had no powers to make changes single handedly.

Worse still, most of the staff head picked by the governor did not meet the qualifications and experience required for the jobs. For instance, Dr. Tumubweine does not have any experience in commercial banking.

Martin Okoth Ochola was appointed IGP in March 2018, replacing Gen Kale Kayihura who he deputized for seven years. During his tenure, the country has witnesses arbitrary arrests of people and clobbering of journalists covering opposition politicians.