UGANDA: Auditor General Orders For Special Audit On BoU Currency Saga

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The office of the Auditor General has commissioned an audit in regards to the Bank of Uganda extra cargo that was loaded on a chartered Plane in April this year, Africa Tembelea has learnt.

In a July 26 letter to governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, James Bantu, the Director of Forensics at the Auditor General’s office wrote in reference to a letter from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Police, indicating they have instituted a special audit at the central bank.

“The purpose of this letter is, therefore, to inform you that pursuant to Article 163 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and sections 13 and 22 of the National Audit Act 2008, the Auditor General has commissioned a special audit in regard the above subject matter,” reads the letter in part.

The audit is being undertaken by Martin Wamboza, a principal auditor and Jasper Oketa, an auditor and these are to be supervised by Dr. Andrew Nsaba, a senior Principal Auditor and Kimuli Anthony, the Assistant Director in charge of Audit at the office of the Auditor General.

As indicated in the letter, the Auditor General’s office is asking for an inception meeting on August 6 with the governor Bank of Uganda.

In June, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit stormed the central bank and arrested some officials over suspicion that they could had smuggled extra cargo on a plane which was carrying a consignment of newly-printed currency notes.

It was also alleged that some of the consignments that had been on the plane went missing.

The incident that happened in April 2019 saw the BoU team sent to London to collect the printed money. When the private chartered UK-based KUEHNE +NAGEL cargo plane delivered the consignment, clearance was done by customs officials as is the norm for sensitive cargo before the consignment was loaded onto Bank of Uganda vehicles and driven to Kampala.

However, according to preliminary investigations, there were other consignments on the plane said to belong to various individuals, companies and organizations which were offloaded into licensed bonds at the airport prior to the ‘owners’ paying taxes and having the ‘goods’ released to them.

This has been the area of contention and investigators are now seeking answers as to what could have been brought about this anomaly.

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