July 30, 2013

Bank Officials Charged With Victimizing Whistle-blower

Five officials of Uganda Development Bank-UDB have been charged with victimizing a whistle blower.

They are Patricia Ojangole, the Chief Executive Officer UDB, Andrew Mulubya, Director Management Information system, Daniel Kaggwa, Director Finance, Francis Ojede, the Human resource Director and Administration and Secretary Juliet Nagawa Luggya.

The suspects appeared on Monday afternoon before Buganda Road Court and were charged with victimizing a whistle-blower.

IGG Irene Mulyagonja ordered the arrest of the officials on Monday
IGG Irene Mulyagonja ordered the arrest of the officials on Monday

It all started after the suspects allegedly sacked Charlotte Kazoora Mucungu, the principal development finance officer after she revealed to the IGG the improper manner, in which the Board and Management of UDBL was handling a USD 11.5 million loan application by Savannah Commodities Limited.

Court heard that Ojangole, Mulubya and Kagwa being members of the executive committee management team of UDML, a public liability company fully owned by government, victimized Mucungu for making a disclosure to the IGG about the improper manner in which the Board and Management of UDBL was handling a USD 11.5 million loan application by Savannah Commodities Limited.

According to a statement by the Inspectorate of Government, the decision to sack Mucungu, the principal development finance officer was reached in at an Extra –ordinary Executive Committee meeting convened on January 24, 2013.

Prosecution led by Rogers Kinobe said the decision to dismiss Mucunguzi on grounds that she had informed the IGG of how the bank executives had flouted the Bank’s loans and regulations guidelines when approving the said loan to Savannah Commodities LTD was illegal. Kinobe informed Court that investigations into the matter were complete.

Three of the suspects who appeared before Julius Borore, the Buganda Grade I magistrate pleaded not guilty to the charges. Borore granted the suspects bond and ordered them to pay Shs2m each, deposit their passports in court. He also ordered each of their sureties to execute a non cash bond of Shs60m.

Hearing of the case has been scheduled for August 15th.

3 thoughts on “Bank Officials Charged With Victimizing Whistle-blower

  1. It is the first time, I see this kind of case. Yes, whistleblowers should be protected and not victimised for they have the organization at heart. Red pepper keep us posted on this case.

  2. Is the problem being a whistle-blower or disgruntled?, IGG should be in Position to tell the public the truth if they love truth, honesty and sincerity anyway.
    We are waiting for IGG’s report

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