I tipped Maj Nakalema’s unit – Mutebile

Hours after the arrest and detention to the Mbuya based Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) of five Bank of Uganda directors, the Central Bank governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile has indicated that the arrests were instigated by his call on the State House Anti-corruption unit.

On Friday, the anti-corruption unit headed by Maj Edith Nakalema backed up by CMI and Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operatives raided the central bank and arrested five officials who allegedly used their positions and printed their own money.

The money amounting to about Shs 90 billion was reportedly printed off the official approved figures. It entered Uganda through Entebbe Airport and was transported using Bank of Uganda currency vans to the Central Bank.

According to a statement issued by Mutebile, this was detected on April 27 after Bank of Uganda staff reported an anomaly in the inventory of the expected consignment of new bank notes.

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“Therefore, I requested the anti-corruption unit of State House to investigate the matter. The [unit] has started investigations and Bank of Uganda is fully co-operating with the process,” Mutebile stated.

In a separate statement, Nakalema confirmed Mutebile’s narrative and added that the investigation is not limited to senior Bank of Uganda staff but also extends to customs and civil aviation authority personnel.

About Shs 60 billion is reported to have been recovered from the unnamed officials homes when the security operatives raided their homes.