Stanbic bank has issued a second apology to counter the first one in which they apologised to state minister for water Ronald Kibuule for beating up their female security guard last week.
The minister punched Hellen Obuku, a private security guard attached to Stanbic Bank Mukono, for insisting that he undergoes a routine security check like any other person before entering the banķ to transact his business.
In a letter to the minister, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive, Patrick Mweheire said: “I wish to convey my sincere apologies for the inconvenience and embarrassment this incident might have caused you. The private security guard involved in this incident is not a Stanbic bank employee. We have communicated with the security company to remedy the problem going forward.”
But the apology rubbed some people the wrong way as some social media enthusiasts demanded for the arrest and prosecution of the minister under the hashtag #IStandWithHellen.
Minister denies, apologises
In a social media statement on Monday, Kibuule denied the allegation saying he only cautioned Obuku to follow search procedure that mandates a man to search a man but Ms Obuku was adamant.
“First of all, what I did was to caution this girl that I couldn’t be checked by a female, her fellow guard called Maxwell was there and saw what exactly happened, but the way she is turning around that she was slapped into coma is unbelievable,” the minister wrote.
He added: “You know it is absurd of how people especially my political opponents are working around the clock to poison people’s minds and they jump to conclusions with a lot of insults.”
He said the bank has CCTV cameras in and outside, and the footage can prove whether he beat the girl or not.
“On the same note, the bank apology had a basis as to why they did so,not because am a minister or rich as some were claiming.”
“What I want to tell dear Ugandans is that am a woman activist, the allegations aren’t true, this is just the work of malicious haters who want to see me down. I can never raise my hand to beat a woman. Thank you, I apologise for the inconveniences caused.”
Stanbic apologises again
The bank on Monday issued a second apology seemingly apologising for having apologised to the minister in the first place.
The bank said it had reached out to both parties and expressed sympathies to them.