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COSASE Rejects Doctored Evidence Against Bagyenda  

Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) expunged from the records of the House documents tendered by MP Odonga Otto alleging former Bank of Uganda Supervision Executive Director Justine Bagyenda carried out financial transactions worth billions of shillings.

During the COSASE meeting on December 13, 2018, Otto laid on table copies of certificates of title, mobile money and bank statements purportedly owned by Bagyenda.

Katuntu then constituted a subcommittee to determine the authenticity and relevance of the documents prior to their being admitted into the evidence of the committee.

In a letter to Bagyenda dated February 21, 2018, Katuntu told Bagyenda that the committee after revising the documents, found that only a few of them were authentic.

“The subcommittee discovered that of the 14 properties allegedly owned by you, only five actually belong to you by virtue of registration on title as proprietor and confirmation by yourself,” Katuntu told Bagyenda in the letter.

Katuntu further said of the five properties found to belong to Mrs Bagyenda, two were obtained from the estate of your late husband Cliff Bagyenda.

“All other tendered documents alleging ownership of properties attributed to you were not authentic. None of the properties owned by you were part of any portfolio, as security or otherwise, of a closed financial institution and as such obtained as a result of a resolution process.”

He added, “In respect to the bank statements tendered none of them was certified or otherwise authenticated as having originated from the named banks.”

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He adds that the committee went on to contact the banks which denied the authenticity of the statements presented by Hon Otto.

As such, he says, the committee decided not to admit the documents laid by Hon Otto into evidence and thus expunged them from it records and as a consequence the record of Parliament.

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