Mutebile: Public-Private Partnerships Will Fuel Financial Sector Dev’t

Captain Emmy Katabazi, decease the former aide of sacked Prime Minister and current Presidential aspirant, dosage Hon Amama Mbabazi, pilule has Tuesday appeared before the Makindye General Court Martial.

The controversial spy, who has on several occasions eluded arrest on grounds of mobilising against President Museveni’s government, was charged with ‘absence without leave’ which prosecution said was contrary to Section 148 (1) (a) of the UPDF Act, 2005.

According to law cited by prosecution, a soldier who without authority leaves or absents himself from his unit or place where his duty requires him to be, or fails to return, is liable on conviction to four years prison.

The State today submitted that Katabazi (RA/184379), “a male adult Ugandan of sound mind aged 51, a militant of the regular Forces of Uganda People’s Defence attached to the Internal Security Organisation, a resident of Kansanga, a person subject to military law by virtue of Section 119 (1) a of the UPDF Act, 2005 is hereby charged with Absence without leave C/S 148 (1) (a) of the UPDF Act, 2005.”

Prosecution argued that Katabazi “between 21st and 27th of May 2015, when deployed at the ISO headquarters in Nakasero, without authority left the said place where his duties required him to be and went to diverse places in Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Arua and Yumbe districts.”

Military officials said this was “conduct prejudicial to the good order and disciple” of UPDF.

It was further alleged by prosecution that “while in the diverse places without proper authorisation from the UPDF appropriate authorities,” Katabazi “made public speeches thereby contravening rule 2 (1) of Code of Conduct for the Defence Forces, which conduct is prejudicial to good order and discipline of the Defence Forces.”

More details on what Katabazi said during his tour of Eastern and Northern Uganda remain unclear.

However, insiders say Katabazi was engaged in grassroots political mobilisation campaigns for Mbabazi ahead of the former premier’s nomination as a presidential candidate.

Serving soldiers are barred from participating in partisan politics.

Katabazi did not take plea after court martial boss; Maj Gen Karuhanga read the charges.

“I will take plea in presence of my lawyer who is not in court today,” said Katabazi.

Gen Karuhanga adjourned the case to November 3 before sending Katabazi on remand at Makindye Military Barracks.


In September 2014, Katabazi who is at the rank of Principal Intelligence Officer, was put under investigation by intelligence over reports that he was participating in activities thought to have threatened state security.

Katabazi was summoned to the Military Police headquarters where he was grilled for several hours by military chiefs over his alleged involvement in activities said to be “very suspicious.”

He denied the charge, saying he was being framed by police boss Gen Kale Kayihura.

Katabazi was further suspected of conniving with former Bukanga MP Eng Nathan Byanyima to print pro-Mbabazi t-shirts and also dish out hundreds of tickets to soccer fanatics during the football match between Uganda and Guinea at Mandela National Stadium in 2014.

Sources revealed then that Katabazi was running special intelligence gathering operations for Mbabazi’s personal consumption.

“Katabazi was given a last warning. He should have been dismissed from the army long ago for several acts of indiscipline but Mbabazi kept protecting him,” said a source.

It’s said at one time in Northern Uganda where he was appointed RDC, Katabazi entered a Mosque with shoes and a gun, sparking fury from the Muslim community which reported the case to President Museveni.

Museveni ordered his transfer from the area.

It should also be remembered that security attempted to arrest Katabazi during a special police operation against Mbabazi’s supporters last year.

However, he managed to keep changing cars after sneaking out of his home in Kampala at night en route to western Uganda.

This compelled Mbabazi to telephone Museveni asking, “Why is security hunting down Katabazi?”

Museveni is said to have directed that Gen Kayihura holds talks with Mbabazi over the matter but this did not bear fruit.

Kayihura kept the evasive Katabazi on the radar until his arrest a couple of weeks ago and subsequent detention at a military facility in Kampala.

The Governor, approved Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, has said that Central Bank will soon reconstitute a Financial Markets Development Committee to stimulate financial sector development, by harnessing the power of public-private partnerships.

“One way to stimulate financial sector development is to bring together the key financial sector players so as to identify the gaps, propose, and implement the requisite interventions in a systematic manner,” he said.

Mutebile said the committee will comprise of representatives from the financial sector and the Government.

The Committee, according to the BOU Governor will outline plans to address the financial sector gaps and coordinate the sectoral activities.

This, he said on Tuesday, during the launch of the distinguished Professor Emmanuel Mutebile Chair in Monetary Policy, Banking and Finance and Mutebile Centre of Excellence at Makerere University.

The occasion recognized and celebrated the many things that Makerere University, government and the Makerere University Private Sector Forum, have achieved over the last 45 years.

The governor thanked the Private Sector Forum for conceiving the new initiative of the Mutebile Chair and Mutebile Center of Excellence.

“This now opens another window of opportunity for serving Makerere University and the people of Uganda. To me it is a new challenge and opportunity to rededicate myself to serve Makerere and the county,” he said.

He revealed that Uganda had consistently been recording among the best economic growth rates in East and Central Africa.

Mutebile, who was awarded as African Central Bank Governor for several years since 2011 by the African Banker, said the launch of the Mutebile Chair and the Mutebile Center of Excellence, is indication of a renewed spirit and determination by all stake holders to give their full support to the activities of the Forum.

“As well as conducting mobilization for the Mutebile Chair and Center, it is in plan to revive efforts to move forward in implementing other Professional Centres of Excellence in Makerere University,” he said.


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