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Parliament Approves New Deputy Governor Dr. Atingi-Ego

Parliament's Appointment Committee has approved the appointment of Dr. Michael Atingi-Ego as new Central Bank Deputy Governor.
Members of Parliament interfacing with the new Central Bank Deputy Government who is currently in Washington DC. Photo by Parliament of Uganda.

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Parliament's Appointment Committee has approved the appointment of Dr Michael Atingi-Ego as new Central Bank Deputy Governor.     

Dr Atingi-Ego's vetting process was conducted via teleconferencing by the committee chaired by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.  

Parliament embraced technology in an unprecedented move to interface with Dr Atingi-Ego who is currently held up in Washington DC on the official duty of the International Monetary Fund.

Helen Kaweesa, Parliament's Acting Director Communications and Public Affairs told URN that Dr Atingi-Ego could not appear physically due to the corona Virus pandemic currently ravaging the world. 

But URN learnt from sources sitting on the Appointments Committee that legislators overwhelmingly approved Dr Atingi-Ego to replace Dr Louis Kasekende whose contract ended a few months ago. Kasekende had served for 10 years.

Dr Atingi-Ego was recently appointed by President Yoweri Museveni after the Central Bank Board of Directors had unanimously selected the Director of Research at the Bank, Dr Adam Mugume, to perform the duties of the Deputy Governor. 

  Atingi-Ego is currently the Executive Director of Macroeconomics and Financial Management, Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He earlier served at the Bank of Uganda as the Executive Director of research and also served at the International Monetary Fund in 2008 as Deputy Director of the African Department (AFR).

 

Atingi-Ego is also a seasoned economic policy official.  He obtained his first degree from Makerere University, a Master’s degree from the Cardiff Business School, University of Wales and a PhD from Liverpool University. 

Meanwhile, the newly appointed Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Justice Jane Frances Abodo told URN that her interface with the Appointments Committee went on well and that she had been questioned on her capacity to handle the new office.

Without divulging details, Justice Abodo said that the interface centred on the gaps as well as challenges in the DPP. She also noted that the MPs were interested in having the office effectively function for the Justice to reach the public. 

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  Abodo declined to disclose her plans for her new office saying that it would early appear she gets the green light from the committee.

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Prior to her vetting, the High Court Judge clad in a navy blue suit was walked into the Parliament building for vetting by her husband, the Pian County MP Achia Remigio. He was seen in the company of the Judge throughout her stay at the Parliament building. 

If approved, Abodo will become the country’s first female DPP replacing Mike Chibita who has been serving as DPP. Abodo has in the past served as a State Prosecutor and later a High Court Judge, in the Criminal Division where she has served for two years.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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