KAMPALA: Two officials of Bank of Uganda (BoU) have been charged with abuse of office and corruption at Anti-Corruption Court
The two that appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court are Francis Kaketo and Fred Vito Wanyama who are facing charges of Abuse of office and corruption as an alternative count allegedly committed on April 26, 2019 between France, Belgium and Entebbe International Airport.
It is alleged the two, being Branch manager and Assistant branch manager respectively, while on assignment by their employer (BoU) to carry out a pre-shipment inspection of printed material in France, allowed inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a chartered plane by BoU.
The duo in the alternative court are said to have failed to refute and report inclusion of unauthorized cargo on a plane chartered by BoU. The charges have been sanctioned by Director of Public Prosecution himself Mike Chibita
Freda Wanyama & Francis Kakeeto, arrested in connection with the latest scandal at Bank of Uganda are due to appear at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo. They supervised the loading of cargo on the chartered flight that reportedly carried extra pallets of currency.
On Wednesday three more government officials were arrested by CID and other agencies investigating the alleged printing of Shs90 billion even though the governor of Bank of Uganda (BoU) insists no extra money was printed.
The latest arrests and presentation of suspects to the Anti-Corruption Court come as investigators led by the Uganda police detectives continue to hunt for individuals involved in causing the saga that saw private goods and parcels carried on a chartered plane used by BoU to deliver its consignment in April.
The chartered plane landed at Entebbe International Airport on April 27 and was cleared by Uganda Revenue Authority (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.
Investigators from the Uganda police say investigation into the Bank of Uganda continue and will soon issue a new statement on the latest developments concerning the currency consignment saga in which a chartered plane delivered five crates alongside 20 pallets of BoU consignment.