ANTI-CORRUPTION Court Chief Magistrate has issued a warrant of arrest for chief executive officer of Uganda Development Bank
By Edward Anyoli
ANTI-CORRUPTION Court Chief Magistrate has issued a warrant of arrest for chief executive officer of Uganda Development Bank.
Sarah Langa Siu on Friday ordered the arrest of Patricia Ojangole for failure to appear in court to answer charges of conflict of interest.
Prosecution led by director of legal affairs Sydney Asubo from Inspectorate of Government told court that they failed to trace her prompting prosecution to seek a warrant.
“We have not been able to trace the accused, I pray for warrant of arrest for her,” Asubo said.
Prosecution alleged that Ojangole while employed as the chief internal auditor and later as the acting chief executive officer of Uganda Development Bank Limited dealt with a matter in which she had a personal interests and which she was in a position to influence recruitment for the position of the chief executive officer which was advertised on October 8, 2012.
Prosecution said by participating in various processes and proceedings that made her to be appointed to the position of the chief executive on November 30, 2012 when she signed the contract but knowingly failed to disclose her interest amounted to an offence of conflict of interests under section 9(1) and (2) (a) of the Anti- Corruption Act.
“You are hereby commanded by the government of Uganda to arrest the said Patricia Ojangole and bring her before honorable court as soon as practical,” the warrant reads in part.
Ojangole is facing a separate charges of victimizing a whistleblower which is schedule to start on February10 before Justice Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti- Corruption Court.
Prosecution alleges that , Ojangole being the chief executive officer and chairperson of executive committee of Uganda Development Bank Limited (UDBL), a public liability company owned by the Government of Uganda victimized a whistle-blower, Charlotte Kazoora Mucunguzi for making a disclosure to the Uganda police and Inspectorate of Government about the improper manner in which the board and management of UDBL were handling $11.5m loan.
Kazoora Mucunguzi was allegedly victimised for disclosing to the Inspectorate alleged irregularities by the bank in handling a huge loan application by Savannah Commodities Ltd.
She was subsequently (Kazoora) dismissed by a decision taken at the bank’s extra ordinary executive management meeting held on January24, 2013 .The Inspectorate said the victimisation was contrary to provision of the Whistleblowers Act, particularly section 16 and 9 of the Act.
Section16 stipulates the penalty for victimization, which is imprisonment not exceeding five years upon conviction or fine not exceeding 120 currency points (sh2.4m).
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