Kadaga now places IGG under Parliamentary probe

In a new twist of events, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has placed the Inspector General of Government  (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja under Parliamentary probe over her letter to Internal Security Organisation  (ISO) requesting the security agency to investigate members of the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises  (COSASE).

Kadaga on Thursday told Parliament that she viewed Mulyagonja’s action as an attack on Parliament of Uganda, intended to muzzle investigations, intimidate and blackmail Parliament and its members in the performance of its Constitutional functions.

On February 19, Mulyagonja wrote to Col Kaka Bagyenda, the director general of ISO asking him to investigate the COSASE MPs over bribery allegations during the committee’s investigation of the closure of seven commercial banks.

Kadaga wondered why Mulyagonja did not first consult her before taking the step.

“I am very surprised that the IGG didn’t find it necessary to first consult my office on the matters contained in the letter before authoring the letter to ISO,” Kadaga said.

“If she had called me, I would have been able to tell her there was no benchmarking which she wants to investigate,” she added.

In her letter to ISO, the IGG claims that Bank of Uganda governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile authorised the payment of Shs 400 million to former COSASE chairman Abdu Katuntu for the committee to benchmark with other Central banks an allegation that Kadaga watered down.

“Benchmarking is with my authorization, therefore, I am also being accused of facilitating some benchmarking, but she wants ISO to investigate that. So you are going to see ISO come and check the Speaker’s letters! Is she right? This is what the IGG wants,” the Speaker said.

Kadaga also faults Mulyagonja’s assertion that because of the bribes, it could be the reason why Katuntu and Bukedea Woman MP Anita Among refused to leave the committee leadership after the expiry of their term in January.

“I think it is this house which gave them an opportunity to do their work, I don’t see how the IGG can determine how work is done in this House,” Kadaga said.

She further said that the IGG in her letter made insinuations that she (Kadaga) was part of the bribery scheme.

“I believe that this letter and contents are an attack on the dignity, immunity and indeed an affront on the dignity on all members of this House as guaranteed in the Parliament Administration Act and I condemn it in the strongest terms possible,” Kadaga said.

“I will not allow anyone as long as I am the Speaker to blackmail this House.
I want to refer the IGG’s letter to the Standing Committee of Rules and Privileges to investigate this letter whether it doesn’t amount to contempt of Parliament,” she added.