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BOU currency scam: probe extended to regional currency centres

BoU currency centre Kabale

BoU currency centre Kabale

Police has extended its investigation into the extra cargo loaded on a Bank of Uganda (BOU) chattered plane to the currency centres in Mbale, Kabale and Fort Portal.  

A senior detective at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has intimated to URN that after interrogating top BoU officials, the investigating team led by the Criminal Investigations director Grace Akullo found leads to the three currency centres.  

The detective explained that the heads of BoU currency centres in the three regions are being interrogated on whether they had prior knowledge on the five extra pallets that were transported on the chartered plane which had on board newly printed Uganda shilling notes.  

 
The source said that the CID team is also probing how and why the directors were transferred to regional currency centres from the head office in Kampala, prior to the arrival of the BOU consignment. Available information indicates that the central bank sent its officials to pick the printed cash overseas, and alerted Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) about a consignment that required fast clearance.

The chartered plane landed at Entebbe airport on April 27 and was cleared by URA customs department in the presence of BOU officials, BOU security, aviation security, police and other security agencies. But it was reported that instead of the expect 20 pallets, the consignment had 25 pallets.

Sources indicated that the head of Mbale currency centre who was swiftly called to witness the offloading of BoU consignment became suspicious of the extra pallets and briefed BoU governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile.  

On May 3, Tumusiime wrote to the head of the State House Anti-corruption unit, Lt Col Edith Nakalema to conduct a probe into an extra cargo on the BoU plane, leading to the arrest of a number of officials, suspected of having a role to play in the scandal.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday told journalists in Kampala that police are investigating the entire procurement and supply chain to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the investigation, the amount and serial numbers of the notes printed and how the non-official but genuine notes could have come up.    

“The line of questioning is on how the process supporting the printing of the banknotes arose and whether there was any wrongdoing on the part of the Bank or not,” Enanga said. 

However, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo said that the ongoing investigation was not in any way about extra printed cash, but about the extra cargo on a bank of Uganda chartered plane. According to Opondo the extra cargo belongs to 13 individuals and organization.

Comments

0 #1 JOSE 2019-06-20 09:16
The govt of uganda really needs people like Ofwono Opondo who are insensitive,
Bcoz he the insists investigation is about extra cargo, not extra cash couldnt that cargo contain cash,
was the cargo bales of old clothes,
were they motor cycles
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0 #2 Odongkara 2019-06-20 10:02
Ugandans must not be excited for nothing substantial but what is just a prank played out by Museveni's NRM as we head to 2021sham elections.

Can someone remind me when and where did Museveni said voters should ask for 2 million shillings if they are to sell their votes?

What other reasons are you looking for you foolish Galatians? Who is right, the police or Ofono Opondo? And these are institutions of the same government.
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0 #3 Lakwena 2019-06-20 10:32
My simple understanding of the rule of law and order and criminal procedure is that; the Uganda Police is the first stop to report about any crime committed or about to be committed (suspicion) and/or breach of the rule of law in this country.

The mother of all questions over this scandal is: why Anti-corruption unit, Lt Col Edith Nakalema, and not the nearest police station (CIID, Afande Akullo's Office) first?
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0 #4 Lysol 2019-06-20 20:42
Some of us who live on and off in Uganda, have never touched the Uganda currency notes. Why move around with bundles of useless papers?

This regime has always printed extra currencies. If the UN is involved (as per big mouth Opondo) then we should start with one corrupt Sam Kutesa(former UN president) and the buck always stops with Museveni. Cannot fool all of us all the time. The UN is gradually locating to Kenya.
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0 #5 Edgar sasirab 2019-06-20 21:29
Uganda is not safe.what if the extra laguage had explosives?

Let me hope that investigations will be fruitful.officials from central bank must account plus air port officials responsible for clearance.
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0 #6 Karemire 2019-06-20 22:16
Quoting JOSE:
The govt of uganda really needs people like Ofwono Opondo who are insensitive,
Bcoz he the insists investigation is about extra cargo, not extra cash couldnt that cargo contain cash,
was the cargo bales of old clothes,
were they motor cycles
spare parts


Mr. Opondo's attempt to limit the investigation seems to imply that "an order from above" was involved in this.

I hope that I am not too wrong about this because my inner gut feelings cannot rule out an outright theft by bankers either for their own greed or for a more sinister objective (such as funding of a future war).

5 bales of currency (if of high denominations) is quite a lot of money - enough for a serious war. If that (???) holds its ground, [speculatively] M7 must must be watching his back more closely now.
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+1 #7 Lakwena 2019-06-21 08:23
Quoting JOSE:
The govt of uganda really needs people like Ofwono Opondo who are insensitive,
Bcoz he the insists investigation is about extra cargo, not extra cash couldnt that cargo contain cash,
was the cargo bales of old clothes,
were they motor cycles
spare parts


Jose, you are on the money. To use an insensitive person like OO as the government spokesperson, is like using a mortuary attendant as palliative patients counselor.

In other words, in a country where Mr. & says that the police is infested with Kawukumi (dirty cops), yet himself is a kawukumi in State House (dirty president; investigation in Uganda is a dirty word.
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