Monday June 30 2014

Ruling on UDB Bank boss Ojangole’s case today

 Ms Patricia Ojangole (R) and her lawyer Mr Nsubuga Mubiru before

Ms Patricia Ojangole (R) and her lawyer Mr Nsubuga Mubiru before the Anti-Corruption Court last month. PHOTO BY DOMINC BUKENYA 


KAMPALA- The Anti-Corruption Court is today expected to deliver its judgment in a case where the Uganda Development Bank Ltd (UDBL) chief executive officer, Ms Patricia Ojangole, is facing charges of conflict of interest.

The ruling is expected to be read out by presiding judge Lawrence Gidudu at 9:30am.

Ms Ojangole, 36, is accused of influencing her own recruitment process that culminated in her appointment as CEO of the bank, a move which the IGG said amounted to “conflict of interest”.

She allegedly worked closely with one of the recruiting consultants, Mr Vincent Kaheru, of Profiles International Ltd, who ended up picking her as the CEO. If found guilty, Ms Ojangole faces up to 12 years or a fine of 5,000 currency points (equivalent to Shs100 million) or both.

About a month ago, two court assessors: Ms Annet Kasendwa and Mr Fred Kiggundu advised court to acquit Ms Ojangole on grounds that the circumstantial evidence adduced by the IGG needed to be corroborated with direct evidence in order to prove the charges but the IGG failed to do so.

The IGG accuses Ms Ojangole of having participated in various processes and proceedings that culminated in her appointment. Ms Ojangole denied influencing her own recruitment, saying she is being “persecuted” by former employees of the bank.