KAMPALA: Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Crime Intelligence (CID) continues to harass journalists over the stories they published about Bank of Uganda (BoU) deputy governor Dr. Louise Kasekende’s wealth that has spread to his family with his son transacting hundreds of millions on his personal account.
The police started quizzing journalists on Friday last week. On Monday more senior journalists were also interrogated over stories relating to Dr. Kasekende’s properties around Kampala and Wakiso as well as he transaction of billions of shillings on bank accounts last year.
Reports last year also indicated that Tororo district local government transferred Shs267 million to the Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Dr Louis Kasekende by Tororo district in May 2018. Documents show the money US$71,110 was deposited on a joint account number 8700110288700 Standard Chartered bank Speke Road in the names Louis and Edith Kasekende on May 18, 2018.
However, the purpose for which the money was deposited remains unclear even as some political leaders of the district are also surprised about the purpose of the payment.
Kasekende and other top BoU leaders are under investigation by the parliamentary committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).
Last year Aruu County MP Odonga Otto tabled documents in COSASE showing that Kasekende owned more than 72 properties in and around the city.
In a written defence, Kasekende said many of the said properties were not his. Parliament is still verifying the documents
His declared assets are also being verified by the Inspectorate of Government.
The journalists involved in the investigations are; The Spy Uganda’s Andrew Irumba, Spy Reports’ Raymond Wamala and Bob Atwine, John Njoroge of The CEO Magazine and Richard Wanambwa of Eagle Online have appeared before the Department of Electronic Counter Measures (Cyber-crime Desk) of the Kibuli based CID on Friday 8 February 8, 2019 for interview and statement recording vide CID HQT.GEF 1222/2018.
Journalists say it is the continuation of last year’s General enquiry file opened by former Executive Director- Supervision at BoU, Justine Bagyenda against the online journalists who have been reporting about the BoU saga involving her and other top Bank officials.
It is reported that BoU Governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile asked the President to rein in on the online journalists for reportedly ‘hurting the economy’ by reporting on the on-going saga at BoU on grounds that such stories are read worldwide.
This is not the first time Police is summoning online journalist over BoU stories. Last year on October 20th 2018 summoned the same journalists for writing stories about Bagyenda.