Bagyenda left out of FIA appointments

By Moses Kyeyune

Kampala. Uncertainty persists over the appointment of former Bank of Uganda director for Supervision of Commercial Banks, Ms Justine Bagyenda, to the Financial Intelligence Authority board.
The latest development is that Ms Bagyenda’s name is missing on the list of appointees to be sworn in after she failed to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament for vetting.
The Daily Monitor learnt that the swearing-in ceremony is slated for next Tuesday at a yet-to-be named venue.

Those to take their appointments include Police CID Director Ms Grace Akullo, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Patrick Ocailap, Mrs Patricia Mutesi and Mr Leo Kibirango who was appointed as Board Chairperson for the Authority.
Mr Sydney Asubo, the FIA Executive Director, confirmed Ms Bagyenda would not be part of the team to take oath.
“She is yet to appear before Parliament’s Appointments Committee,’ Mr Asubo said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the Appointments Committee, said Ms Bagyenda had been given chance to appear before the committee for vetting but she never showed up.
“We were told by the Clerk that she (Bagyenda) had travelled out of the country at the time of vetting and we kept our doors open, but she has never communicated whether she returned or not,” the member said.
The member also said the Appointments Committee could not keep waiting because of one person yet there was work to be done by the Board. The member said they decided to forward the names that had been cleared to the appointing authority, the President.
Ms Bagyenda’s appointment hangs in balance at the moment. Efforts to get a comment from her failed after repeated calls to her known cellular phone numbers went unanswered, and all our text messages were not replied either.

Parliament speaks out
Mr Chris Obore, the Parliament Director of Communication and Public Affairs, said if Ms Bagyenda’s name is missing on the list, it is only confirmation that the committee has closed the vetting exercise.
“If she is missing then the Appointments Committee has given a report of its vetting decision to the appointing authority,” Mr Obore said.
He said it no longer matters whether Ms Bagyenda shows up or not.
Ms Bagyenda ran into trouble when she was put under investigation by the Inspector General of Government for alleged illicit accumulation of wealth earlier this year. The investigations are on-going.

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