Bagyenda’s driver, bodyguard arrested over stolen BOU documents

They were captured in the Bank of Uganda (BOU) CCTV footage smuggling out bags of documents but they told a different story to Parliament’s committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE)which caused for their arrest.

Job Turyahebwa and Juliet Adikolet, who were respectively the driver and body guard to former Bank of Uganda Executive Director (Commercial Banks Supervision) saw themselves getting arrested along with Beatrice Kyambadde and Charles Omoro who were in charge of the security of the banking supervision department.

The quartet appeared before COSASE as witnesses in the ongoing investigation into the alleged irregular closure of seven commercial banks by the Central Bank between 1993 and 2016.

Committee chairperson Abdu Katuntu ordered for their arrest after Turyahebwa and Adikolet were found to have abused their oath when they lied about the movements of three bags of documents relating to the liquidation of the closed commercial banks.

Army MP Francis Takirwa who headed a team of four MPs who previewed Bank of Uganda’s CCTV footage in a report to the committee said that Turyahebwa and Adikolet had lied in their testimony before the committee when they denied knowledge of the contents of the bags much as some of the carrying materials were open.

“The two told us that they didn’t know what they were carrying and fortunately, Juliet carried something that was open, plastic bag, it wasn’t sealed but she couldn’t see inside because she was concerned with security and didn’t bother to know what she was carrying. Job, the driver also answered same way that he didn’t know what he carried from the Bank to the vehicle on the evening of 10th February 2018,” Takirwa said.

Takirwa told the Committee that despite the security guidelines stipulating that all persons and items entering and leaving the Bank have to be checked, this guideline wasn’t followed.

“There was a lot of negligence on part of security officers who knew what to do but didn’t do what they should have done. Their input didn’t do much, none of them knows what it was and it remains a puzzle,” Takirwa said.

Turyahebwa’s testimony was further watered down a record of the tracking system of Bagyenda’s car, Toyota Land Cruiser V8 registration number UAR 192 Y. The record was presented by the head of security at BOU, Milton Orech Opio, that showed on the day the documents were smuggled out, the car came from Entebbe airport straight to Bank of Uganda and later to Kiswa – Bugoloobi on the outskirts of Kampala where it remained parked from 1:57pm to 4:59pm.

It was later driven to Bank of Uganda at 6:24pm. Bagyenda’s driver is said to have said that when they took off from airport at around 2-3Pm, they never made any stop but arrived at the Bank at 6:23Pm meaning it took the team 6hours to move from the airport to the bank.

 

As opposed to claims by Bagyenda’s bodyguard and driver that the never made a stop after leaving the airport to Bank of Uganda, the tracking system indicated that the car parked at Kiswa in Bugoloobi from 1:57Pm to 4:59Pm and later drove back to the bank where they arrived at 6:24Pm.

Based on the contradictions, Katuntu handed the witnesses over to police detectives for further interrogations.