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BoU Officials Charged With Corruption Over Extra Cargo On Currency Plane

Two Bank of Uganda (BoU) officials are set to be arraigned before the Anti- Corruption Court in Kampala to face corruption charges.

Francis Kakeeto and Fred Vito Wanyama, both bankers with BoU are facing charges of abuse of office and corruption as an alternative count allegedly committed on 26th April 2019 between France, Belgium and Entebbe international Airport when they allowed inclusion unauthorized cargo on a chartered plane by BOU while on an assignment by their employer (BOU) to carry out a pre-shipment inspection of printed material in France.

The charges have been sanctioned by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mike Chibita.

Chibita says the duo (in featured photo) “corruptly neglected to perform the said duty when they failed to refute and report inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a plane fully chartered by Bank of Uganda.”

It is alleged that the extra cargo contained extra Shs90bn printed illegally by BoU officials for their own use.

Initial reports indicated that the chartered plane landed at Entebbe International Airport on April 27 and was cleared by the URA customs department in the presence of BoU officials, BoU security, aviation security, police and other security agencies.

However, it was reported that instead of the expected 20 pallets, the consignment had 25 pallets.

According to a statement released by the Central Bank a week ago, the anomaly was identified during the verification of the consignment. A number of Central Banks officials were arrested in the aftermath.

It has since been reported that the extra cargo belongs to different individuals and organizations including businessman Charles Mbire, United Nations, USAID and Omar Mandela, the proprietor of Café Javas. 

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