Today COSASE experienced drama when the bodyguard to former Executive Director, Justin Bagyenda protested her appearance before it saying, Parliament has no powers to summon her. Ariokot who at the time was so close to the former ED Justine Bagyenda had the CCTV Cameras capture her carrying suspicious bags out of the Central Bank in total breach of the Bank’s security.
However, when asked to take oath, Ariokot first protested doing so, citing the Police Standing Orders she said bar her from appearing before any Committee or courts of law without the authorisation of the Inspector General of Police.
Katuntu said: “The reason why we require you is that you were captured on CCTV carrying bags which didn’t go through the security system and a team of MPs went and viewed those CCTV so we are going to have a conversation with you about your actions. You are going to tell one Committee what happened, why you bypassed the security system if you know the contents of the bags and what did you carry out?
However, Ariokot who chose to introduce herself as the Aide to Bagyenda pleaded to say something, to which Katuntu obliged on condition she first takes oath. She explained: “According to our Police Standing Orders, I am not supposed to appear before any Committee or court without the authorization of the IGP.”
Her statement angered MPs, Katuntu got furious and fired back at her stating, “You are going to say everything there is only one law that is in this country which is superior, that is the Constitution. Your standing orders are subject to the constitution. If you read the constitution, I refer you to article 90, your standing orders are inferior, if anybody ever charges you, this Committee takes full responsibility.”
Ariokot will appear before a select Committee led by Francis Takirwa (UPDF Representative), Andrew Aja (Kabale Municipality), Nathan Itungo (Kashari County) and Betty Muzanira (Rukungiri Woman) who will question other Bank of Uganda officials, Charles Omoro, Job Turyahebwa (Bagyenda driver) and Beatrice Kyambadde Security Assistant who manned security around the department when the bags left the Bank.
COSASE chairperson told Ariokot never to use Police Standing Orders to escape from her responsibility of stealing money and she is to answer questions alone not as a police officer.