MMAKS Advocates paid USD 217 over Crane Bank sale

It emerged that the sale and transfer of Crane Bank took 432 minutes at a cost of US$217 per minute, between 14th & 20th of October 2016.

This was revealed to the committee on Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises (COSASE) on Tuesday as it finalizes, it’s probe of the closure of seven defunct banks.

COSASE also learnt that over Shs900,000,000 was paid to the legal team led by the Buganda Minister Apollo Makubuya and MMAKS Advocates for their legal services provided to both Crane Bank and Bank of Uganda during the sale and acquisition of Crane Bank assets.

“We are getting to know that there were 482 hours. So for us to get that question of minutes it’s really very important,” Vice Chair COSASE stated.

Timothy Masembe of MMAKS Advocates, disclosed that the sale and acquisition of CB was conducted by BoU top management staff, and all the minutes were paid in dollars, amounting to Ninety-three thousand eight hundred seventy-two dollars.

However, COSASE tasked MMAKS advocates to explain why they offered their services to both Crane Bank and BoU and also to present the Minutes of 432 meetings conducted but in vain.

“We do not see minutes and they tell us it was confidential, probably if you attended the meetings we would be able to hear from you whether there were minutes taken or not,” Abdul Katuntu stated.

He continued to say that;

“There were no minutes during the meetings. So, you can imagine, because this is like an auditing process. There are no minutes but now bills which are being paid are being paid because of time. But there are no minutes meaning there is no record.”

“You are saying that the terms of reference were discussed. I want to know if you have minutes of that meeting of the discussion with BoU supervision,” Nathan Itungu one of the Committee members added.