By Mubiru Ivan

Former Bank of Uganda Director in charge of supervision Justine Bagyenda has finally been kicked off from the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) board.

Bagyenda does not feature anywhere on the latest list of FIA board members who are going to take oath.

The list includes Grace Akullo, the head of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Patricia Mutesi, Leo Kibirango, the board chairman and Patrick Ocailap, the deputy secretary to the Treasury.

In September this year, Bagyenda failed to appear before parliamentary Appointments Committee for FIA job vetting. She had been reappointed on the board by Finance Minister Matia Kasaijja.

She was supposed to meet the committee chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga but she opted not to show up to avoid being humiliated and disappointed basing on the advice of one of her lawyers Timothy Masembe of MMAKS Advocates.

In July MPs led by Manjiya County’s John Nambeshe and Kasambya County’s Louis Mbwatekamwa Gaffa  revealed that they couldn’t allow Bagyenda’s reappointment come to pass.

“We are against Mrs. Bagyend’s reappointment to this position on grounds that she was sent into early retirement by Bank of Uganda Governor Tumusiime Mutebile recently and she used her position to amass wealth as her leaked bank accounts indicate she has close to shs20 billion,” said Nambeshe.

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