By Edward Anyoli
The Inspectorate of Government (IGG) is not yet ready to prosecute Patricia Ojangole, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Development Bank (UDBL) over alleged victimization of a whistle blower.
IGG head of prosecution Sarah Birungi told Justice Paul Mugamba of the Anti- Corruption Court that she was not ready to proceed with case because she needed more time to summon witnesses. She (Birungi) asked for three weeks to enable her summon prosecution witnesses to testify.
Kenneth Akampurira who represented Ojangole said he was ready proceed with case.
Last month the Anti- Corruption Court acquitted Ojangole of all the charges of conflict of interest where she had been accused of irregularly securing a job as CEO of UDBL.
Prosecution alleged 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 whistleblower , 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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IGG not ready to prosecute Ojangole