COSASE: ISO investigates Katuntu and members over bribery

Aruu County Member of Parliament, Samuel Odonga Otto has castigated the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Irene Mulyagonja for ordering Internal Security Organisation (ISO) to investigate him and three other MPs who were on Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) as it probed Bank of Uganda over the controversial sale of seven commercial banks.

IGG Irene Mulyagonja in her latest letter asked ISO particularly to investigate the former chairperson of COSASE committee Abdu Katuntu for allegedly soliciting bribes during the recent probe into the irregular sale of commercial banks.

 “I don’t care who is to investigate me; ISO, CMI, IGG, police, Arrow Boys or Flying Squad, how the mafias are seemingly taking over the country that the IGG is now more interested in those investigating the thieves and no the thieves.”” Otto said.

He was one of the vocal MPs during the probe of BoU officials, tasking them to explain them how they could lose key documents related to sale of banks and their assets.

It is alleged that the said Otto and other committee members received cash payments from Ruparelia and his son Rajiv Ruparelia which is suspected to be the real reason they refused to yield the leadership of Cosase when their term ended, according to the letter by the IGG.

The whistleblower accuses Katuntu of receiving a bribe of Shs 400 million from BoU Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, to allegedly enable the same committee to carry out a benchmarking exercise with other central banks.

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