MMAKS Advocates, the law firm to which Timothy Masembe is a partner has denied that their partner was not present on the day Bank of Uganda (BoU) executive director in-charge supervision, Justine Bagyenda ferried documents out of her office.
A CCTV camera recording making rounds on social media showed Masembe,Bagyenda and other people present on the day the documents were ferried out of the central bank.
However, in a statement, the law firm has said the video clip was doctored to link their partner to the alleged crime yet it was true.
“The video clip showing Mr.Masembe was deliberately edited to exclude the date of February 4th 2018 which clearly appears in the non- edited original and then merged with a video clip of a subsequent date when the alleged documents were removed occurred being the February 10 2018,” says the statement by MMAKS Advocates signed by Moses Adriko, one of the partners.
The law firm explains that Masembe was asked by Bagyenda and Margret Kasule, the head of legal at the Central bank to attend an ‘urgent’ meeting in the bank on February 4 in which Kasule required urgent advice before she flew out of the country.
“Mr.Masembe arrived at the premises of the bank at the agreed time and met with Mrs Bagyenda whereas Mrs Kasule failed to make it in time and the discussion was held physically with Bagyenda and Kasule on the phone.”
The law firm insists that the video clip was deliberately doctored to link their partner to the disappearance of documents.
“The doctored video is intended to create an impression that one of our partners was present on the date and time that Mrs. Bagyenda allegedly took out the documents.”
“We reserve our rights to take legal action against the creator or instigator of this video clip which is defamatory.”
This comes a few days after Bagyenda admitted before the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) that she ferried documents out of Bank of Uganda.
On Wednesday, Bagyenda said the bags she ferried from her office contained personal documents including MBA books, plaques, pictures and materials acquired from different conferences when she was a consultant.