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Gov’t: Police Erred on BoU Investigation Report

The government has asked police to correct its statement on claims that Bank of Uganda officials were searched and possibly implicating documents found at their homes.

An independent inquiry by ChimpReports has established that none of the directors’ homes was raided by police.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo today spoke at a media conference, saying Police should “clarify on their statement about Bank of Uganda in accordance to existing investigations.”

Opondo added: “We believe the Police made a mistake while addressing the media.”

Enanga had earlier said that the “searches were done in the homes of the officials and a number of documents were recovered. With time, we shall get how much was involved, how much (money) has been recovered, what was genuine (currency), [and] what was unofficial, but genuine money.”

It remains unclear why police, which took over investigations into how 5 extra pallets found their way into a plane chartered by BoU to exclusively transport banknotes from France, released wrong information.

ChimpReports understands that some people could be trying to cover up for some businessmen and entities which had cargo on the chartered plane.

For example SGS, a vehicle inspection company, had cargo on the BoU plane but this was not revealed by Uganda Revenue Authority last week.

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State House’s Anti-corruption desk led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema is said to be reviewing statements recorded by various officials from URA, ENHAS and BoU.

“We’ve established that BoU followed the due process in printing money. We looked at the money printing schedules and their documents and how the money came to Entebbe and left. Our main interest now is in the extra pallets,” said a military official briefed about the investigation.

The official, who preferred anonymity to speak freely, further said investigators had confirmed that the airline chartered to transport Uganda’s banknotes informed the Central Bank that they had issues with the selected aircraft and decided to use another plane which already had cargo for Ugandan businessmen and United Nations.

“All these statements are being corroborated. The investigation is not yet completed,” said the official.

In a statement issued last week, BoU Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said he requested the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House to investigate the matter.

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