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.
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
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
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
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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.