February 27, 2014

UDB Boss Fights Her Interdiction in Court

The Chief Executive Officer Uganda Development Bank, Ms Patricia Ojangole (C), walks from Anti-Corruption Court with her lawyer Kabiito Karamagi on Wednesday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA
The Chief Executive Officer Uganda Development Bank, Ms Patricia Ojangole (C), walks from Anti-Corruption Court with her lawyer Kabiito Karamagi on Wednesday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA

Patricia Ojangole, the embattled Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Development Bank Ltd-UDBL has petitioned high court to quash her interdiction and reinstate her to office. Ojangole was interdicted by the UDBL board chairperson Dr Samuel Sejjaaka on February 14th 2014.

Dr Sejjaaka didn’t give any specific reasons for suspending Ojangole but cited a directive from the Inspectorate of Government. Ojangole is currently facing charges of conflict of interest before the Anti Corruption Court for allegedly influencing her recruitment for the CEO job.

But in her application to high court Ojangole argues that her interdiction was maliciously orchestrated by a clique at the Inspectorate of Government in cohorts with former UDBL employees. Ojangole expresses grief in her application that her credibility is under scrutiny, and that her suspension from office will jeopardize business at the bank.

Court is yet to summon the attorney general and the bank, who are the respondents in this application to file in their defense before a hearing date can be set. Article 230 (2) of the Constitution and section 14 (6) of the IGG Act provide for the interdiction of a public official still undergoing trial in court.

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