Following a recent revelation last that sacked former central bank Executive Director in charge of supervision, Justine Bagyenda, wired up to Shs499,428,906 million to a mobile money account belonging to his son, further details have emerged showing that her two children employed at Umeme and Stanbic earn less than Shs5 million each in salary but own multibillion properties.
Embattled former Bank of Uganda director for supervision Justine Bagyenda could have wired billions of shillings to her children who acquired multibillion properties on a day their mother transacted in mobile money, this news website can reveal.
The two children, Robert Muhumuza and Caroline Agaba, are both duly employed with the private sector but investigations show that they earn no more than Shs5 million each, which raises questions as to how they managed to acquire such prime properties with their salaries.
The two children own prime properties in Kampala and Western Uganda, raising questions as to how they could have afforded those properties without the help of their mother. Already Bagyenda’s immense wealth is under investigation, pointing to the fact that she could have used her children to partly hide her wealth.
Robert Muhumuza Bagyenda, a manager in charge of Agent Acquisition & Supervision at Stanbic Bank, and Caroline Agaba, a Network Performance Engineer at Umeme, according to their LinkedIn online profiles.
According to credible sources at Stanbic where Muhumuza works, he earns a salary of Shs4,452,000 raising questions as to how he is able to service a dfcu mortgage for Block 200, Plot 1548- Munyonyo Makindye Division– measuring about 0.0700 hectares said to be worth more than Shs600 million.
The mortgage was registered at the registrar of titles, on February 2, 2016.
This new revelation about Muhumuza’s salary could offer an explanation as to why her mother sent her up to Shs499,428,906 on mobile money– to pay for the properties, acquired in his names on behalf of the mother.
Investigators from the IGG and Financial Intelligence Authority, who placed Bagyenda under investigation, may want to inquire into why Muhumuza, opted to take up a mortgage facility at a competitor bank, at an average 20% from dfcu, yet Stanbic bank, his employer, offers all its staff mortgages at 7%.
Caroline Agaba, also a daughter of Bagyenda, on the other hand, earns below Shs4 million per month at Umeme. On the same date (February 2, 2016), Agaba had a prime property in Nakawa Division, Block 205, Plot 1352 measuring 0.0649 hectares registered in her names.
Undeveloped plots of that size in Nakawa are valued at over Shs500 million.
Little is known about a one Murembe, also believed to be a Bagyenda kid, who also registered another piece of property on the same day- Block 252 Plot 105A in Nakawa Division measuring 0.0800 hectares; also said to be worth more than Shs500 million.
The three children together with Justine Bagyenda, already co-own two prime properties: Plots 10 and 21, measuring 0.0840 and 0.0820 Hectares respectively along Museveni Road in Ntungamo Municipality. They also own another property at Plot No.10, Kaguta Road in Mbarara Municipality.
Bagyenda’s children in trouble?
These new clues emerging about Bagyenda’s desperate efforts to hide her wealth could provide clues to investigators from the Inspectorate of Government and the Financial Intelligence Authority.
Should the charges against Bagyenda be found to be true, then her children too could be charged under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2013 (AMLA).
Under the act, persons who knowingly aids money laundering faces imprisonment of up to five years or a fine not exceeding thirty three thousand currency points (Shs660,000,000).
Both Robert Muhumuza and Caroline Agaba are graduates from the prestigious Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Muhumuza graduated with an Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree, majoring in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications and worked at Airtel as a Network Planning & Optimization, Junior Engineer in 2009 and left in less than a year to join Stanbic.
At Stanbic, he rose through the ranks to become a manager at Stanbic Bank’s Corporate & Investment Banking division.
Caroline who graduated from University of Cape Town with a BSc Electrical Engineering and later, did an MBA, business Administration at Heriot-Watt University, worked at Orange Telecom and Ecobank in junior positions, before joining Umeme as a network Performance Engineer.
Kwame Ejalu’s Kent Holdings, acquires Alexander Forbes’ Ugandan unit; rebrands to Zamara
Alexander Forbes Financial Services Uganda Limited is now Zamara Actuaries, Administrators and Consultants (U) Limited.
This follows the ongoing exit of the South African financial services group from Uganda and the sale of their 51% stake in Uganda to Kent Holdings Limited- a Ugandan financial services group with interests in insurance brokerage and pensions management.
The two companies affirmed the sale, in a joint statement on August 21st, by Bonga Mokoena the Alexander Forbes Emerging Markets (AFEM) Chief Executive Officer and Kwame Ejalu, the Kent Holdings Limited Chairman.
“Alexander Forbes Emerging Markets (AFEM) and Kent Holdings are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached on a sale of shares to Kent Holdings Limited. On 2 July 2019, a sale of shares agreement was executed in terms of which, AFEM sold 51% in Alexander Forbes Financial Services Uganda Limited, to Kent Holdings Limited, a co-shareholder in Alexander Forbes Financial Services Uganda Limited,” read the statement.
Kent Holdings, previously owned 49% of the Ugandan operations.
The statement however said that “the sale of shares agreement is subject to fulfilment of conditions precedent.”
“The terms and conditions of the sale agreement remain confidential,” both executives announced, but confirmed that Alexander Forbes has effected a name change and will now be known as Zamara Actuaries Administrators and Consultants (Uganda) Limited.
The name change was gazetted on 17th July 2019.
“Alexander Forbes Financial Services (Uganda) Limited, has been by a special resolution passed on 10th July 2019 and with the approval of the registrar of companies changed its name to Zamara Actuaries Administrators and Consultants Limited- 17th July 2019,” reads General Notice No. 762 of 2019, extracted from the Gazette.
In a separate announcement, media announcement run in the local dailies, Zamara also confirmed their entry into the Ugandan market, promising that they called “fresh perspective in the delivery of financial services in Africa.”
Who is Zamara?
According to their media announcement, the Zamara Group is a specialised financial services group providing actuarial advice and retirement administration solutions in financial services, umbrella retirement solutions, investment and risk sectors to individuals, corporates, parastatals and retirement fund clients.
The firm currently administers assets in excess of KSh. 280 billion an equivalent of UGX 9.995 trillion and is the only actuarial, consulting, accounting and pension administration firm in Kenya to be ISO 9001:2015 certified.
Uganda is the sixth Zamara operation after Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi. Zamara started operations in Kenya over 23 years ago as Hymans Robertson and later changed to Alexander Forbes (East Africa) Limited before renaming to Zamara Actuaries, Administrators and Consultants Limited, following the exit of Alexander Forbes from the Kenyan market in 2017.
For four consecutive years, Zamara, their umbrella fund, the Zamara Fanaka Retirement Fund (formerly Alexander Forbes Retirement Fund) and Zamara Vuna Pension Plan (formerly Alexander Forbes Vuna Pension Plan), Zamara’s individual pension plan have been variously awarded in Kenya’s Think Business Awards.
A brand that embodies a fresh perspective on the delivery of financial services
Commenting on the entry of Zamara into Uganda, Kwame Ejalu, the Kent Holdings Chairman said: “We are enthusiastic about this partnership between Kent Holdings and Zamara Group as it marks the entry into Uganda, of a formidable brand that embodies a fresh perspective on the delivery of financial services in Africa. This partnership blends Kent Holdings’ 22 years of local experience and strategic leadership with Zamara’s 23-year African heritage and technical capacity, to deliver innovative and excellent services to our clients, underpinned by simplicity, empathy and trust,” adding: “Zamara Uganda will now add to our portfolio pan-African expertise, actuarial services and other online solutions that we previously did not offer.”
Asked if Zamara had acquired the stake, previously held by Alexander Forbes, he said he would comment on this after “the Alexander Forbes-Kent Holdings transaction is fully complete and all conditions precedent are fulfilled.”
Ejalu however said that Zamara Uganda inherits and will continue to run a managed private pension funds sector in Uganda and managed assets under administration portfolio in excess of UGX380 billion- roughtly 40% sector market share.
James Olubayi, the Zamara Group Executive Director said that the Zamara Group looked at Uganda as “one of the key strategic regions in the market for growth of the group.”
“Zamara aims to elevate the quality of advice and solutions offered to stakeholders and inevitably be a game changer for clients it serves in Uganda. We look forward to the extended partnership with Kent Holdings, clients, stakeholders across Africa,” he said.
Miriam Ekirapa Musaali, Chief Operating Officer, Zamara Uganda who previously was the Alexander Forbes COO said “We remain the same enthusiastic, energetic, creative team that is committed to serving our clients in Uganda. We will no doubt continue to offer superior consulting, advisory and administration services to pension funds in Uganda and further enhance our offering and advice to truly world class levels.”
Stanbic Bank scoops June/July best gov’t securities dealer award
The Governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile has given an award to Stanbic Bank Uganda (LTD) for being the best performing bank in dealing government securities for the months of June and July 2019. The award was received by Stanbic Bank CEO Mr. Patrick Mweheire during the quarterly Uganda Bankers Association (UBA) meeting at BoU headquarters in Kampala.
The bank has been recognised by the regulator for its role in the primary dealer system that helps in developing Financial Markets and in reducing the costs associated with issuing Government Securities; through increasing demand, market efficiency, encouraging secondary market trading and improving the quality of Financial Market information.
A primary dealer is a pre-approved bank, broker or financial institution that is able to lend money to the government through treasury bonds and treasury bills.
Background information on best performing banks in government securities award
In January 2005, the Bank of Uganda initiated the “Award for the Best Performing Primary Dealer in Uganda Government Securities for the Month” to recognize the Primary Dealer that performed best in trading Uganda Government Securities and transmitting information regarding the status of the financial markets to the Central Bank.
A Primary Dealer is any financial intermediary that has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank of Uganda to execute the following actions on a consistent basis:
participate as counter-party in Uganda Government securities auctions conducted
by the Bank of Uganda.
§ To provide the public with prices or yields that they will buy and sell “On-the Run” (the most recently auctioned) Uganda Government securities. i.e. Treasury bills and Treasury bonds on a continuous basis.
§ To provide the public with prices or yields that they will buy Off-the-Run (Other than the most recently auctioned) Uganda Government securities on a continuous basis.
§ To trade with the public Uganda Government securities at the prices or yields that they have quoted.
§ To make available information on the status of the market to the Bank of Uganda on a timely basis.
The points allocated for the Award to the Best Performing Primary Dealer in Uganda Government Securities for the Month are aggregated to determine the winner of the prestigious award.
Unscrupulous Tour Operator Arrested
Tourism police have arrested a rogue tour operator accused of fleecing tourists of $21,500. The suspect has been identified as Richard Tusasibwe, director of Gatatu Safaris Limited in Kigezi. According to CP Frank Mwesigwa, Tusasibwe, he was arrested at Arcadia Cottages in Kabale; near Lake Bunyonyi; where he had taken other tourists for a […]
Tourism police in Kabale have arrested a rogue tour operator accused of fleecing tourists of $21,500. The suspect has been identified as Richard Tusasibwe, the director of Gatatu Safaris Limited in Kigezi.
According to CP Frank Mwesigwa, Tusasibwe, was arrested at Arcadia Cottages in Kabale; near Lake Bunyonyi; where he had taken other tourists for a trip.
He added that the arrest came after a tip off by suspecting people who had fallen victims of his unscrupulous behavior and the covert teams at check-in were able to arrest him. He is currently being held at Kabale Police station and charged with obtaining money by false pretense.
Tusasibwe is alleged to have been contracted by 5 American tourists to organize chimpanzee and gorilla tracking expedition in Uganda. After an airport pickup and arrival in Kisoro, Tusasibwe abandoned the tourists at a lodge and has been on the run for the past two weeks.
Uganda Tourism Board Quality Assurance Manager, Samora Semakula said that the board was working around the clock to ensure that quality standards and the law are upheld in the tourism sector and that rogue operators face the law.
“We are pleased that the police has arrested a rogue operator who has been on the run for the last two weeks since this case was brought to our attention. Rogue tour operators are a peril to the growth and development of the sector. Uganda Tourism Board will continue to work with the tourism police and other players in the sector to ensure that the vice is brought to a conclusive end,” Semakula said.
Mwesigwa reassures tourists saying, “As tourism police, we are committed to clean up quack tour operators who con our tourists. Uganda remains a peaceful and secure country and all efforts together with stakeholders is to ensure that law and order is upheld in the tourism sector and the country at large.”
As mandated by the Tourism Act (2008) Uganda Tourism Board earlier this year kicked of a registration and licensing exercise of all tour operators and facilities in the tourism value chain. This process is aimed to effectively regulate the tourism sector and promote quality assurance across the value chain.
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