Two middle-ranking Bank of Uganda (BoU) officials have Friday morning been taken to the anti-corruption court.
Francis Kakeeto and Fred Vito Wanyama were sent to France in late April, 2019, to witness the transportation of stock (banknotes) printed from Oberthur Fiduciaire.
In France, BoU staff’s task was to verify the amount ordered which in this case was Shs 350bn in Shs 5,000 denominations and ensure the consignment was loaded on the chartered plane for transportation to Uganda.
BoU had expressly communicated that the banknotes had to be carried exclusively on a chartered plane.
However, MD-11 (McDonnell Douglas MD-11), the aircraft that was initially supposed to be used to ship banknotes to Uganda, had been grounded in Kampala for technical reasons.
The chartered carrier switched the troubled plane “with a larger B747 (Boeing 747) which already had other cargo destined for Uganda.”
The operator of the B747, without notifying Oberthur Fiduciaire, used the same flight to ship one pallet of replacement parts for the MD-11 and four pallets of regular cargo.
At Entebbe, BoU staff saw the extra consignment and reported the matter to Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile hence inviting State House Anti-corruption Desk to investigate the incident.
Kakeeto and Wanyama were delivered to the anti-corruption court in Kololo, Kampala in a double cabin.
They were escorted by security operatives.
At the moment, the duo is being kept in a holding room as the file is processed.
ChimpReports has established the duo faces charges of abuse of office.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner Customs, Mr. Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa said the extra consignment on the chartered plane was offloaded, inspected and loaded on BOU vehicles and taken to Kampala under heavy security escort.
He further said the same plane contained other cargo which belonged to various individuals / companies / organizations which paid taxes for their goods.
These organisations include United Nations, USAID and businessmen such as MTN Uganda Chairman, Charles Mbiire.