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UDB's Ojangole Suspended

Beleaguered Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Development Bank Ltd (UDBL) has been interdicted from office due to the ongoing criminal charges of conflict of interest against her at the Anti Corruption Court.

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Beleaguered Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Development Bank Ltd (UDBL) Patricia Ojangole has been interdicted from office due to the ongoing criminal charges of conflict of interest against her at the Anti Corruption Court.

 

Ms Ojangole who will now be getting half salary, was suspended by Dr Samuel Sejjaaka, the Board Chairman of the bank in his letter dated February, 14.

 

 “This is to inform you (Ms Ojangole) that I have been directed by the Inspector General of Government to suspend you on grounds of the ongoing criminal prosecution against you on the charge of conflict of interest,” reads the suspension letter by Dr Sejjaaka to Ms Ojangole

 

Adding: “the board has no specific complaint against you but it is constrained by the orders of the IGG. A copy of the IGG’s order is attached for your ease of reference.”

 

“Please formally hand over office to Mr Daniel Kaggwa who will be acting CEO in the interim.”

 

According to the letter, Dr Sejjaaka was duty-bound to suspend Ms Ojangole on the orders of the IGG.

 

Ms Ojangole’s was recently arrested, charged and remanded to Luzira prison on the orders of the IGG in regard to the charges of conflict of interest.

 

The IGG accuses Ms Ojangole of having influenced her own recruitment process that culminated in her own appointment to the same position as CEO of UDBL, a move which amounts to charge of conflict of interest.

 

The ombudsman further accuses Ms Ojangole for having participated in various processes and proceedings that culminated in her own appointment to the position of CEO of the bank on November, 30, 2012 when she signed the employment contract but knowingly failed to disclose the nature of this interest.

 

The IGG based on article 230 (2) of the Constitution and section 14 (6) of the IGG Act to interdict Ms Ojangole.

Public interest demands that while a case against a public official is still going on in court, he/she should be interdicted from exercising the powers and functions of his/her office.

 

Meanwhile, Justice Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti-Corruption Court has this morning set Monday next week to start hearing Ms Ojangole’s case of conflict of interest.

 

The suspect is also facing a different charge of allegedly victimising a whistle blower before the same court.

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