Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority have told parliament the body did not carry out any checks on the April Bank of Uganda consignment which contained unauthorized items.
CAA Director General Dr. David Kakuba told MPs that although airport security is mandated to check cargo that goes through, this particular operation did not mandate so.
“Carrying National currency is a special sensitive operation. Therefore, you don’t expect CAA to be there and count pallet by pallet”, Kakuba expla said.
Kakuba explained that there are many entities involved in cargo clearing such as ground handling companies and security. As such, he said, CAA merely oversees the operations of the airport.
Mr. Balongo Ronnie, the Director Security, Safety and economic regulations revealed that they dealt with BOU through its agent Astrol Aviation, a Kenyan company to deliver the cargo.
As such, he said CAA was not aware of the cargo destined precincts.
“They came and applied for the flight clearance which indicated was carrying printed material to Uganda. So the issue of currency as my colleague was saying is special operation. I think it comes in. CAA was not aware what this one was”.
Asked by Hon. Muhammad Nsereko the Kampala Central MP whether the flight clearance indicated that they would be carrying other materials, he disagreed.