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Senior officials at Uganda central bank face corruption probe

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 15, 2019
Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile
African economies   Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile

Uganda's Anti-Corruption Unit said it is investigating senior central bank officials over the institution's procurement and supply chain activities.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, who heads the State House Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement that the special investigation is carried out following an invitation by the governor of the bank, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile.

"The matter under investigation involves a recent procurement consignment. A number of senior bank personnel, Customs and Civil Aviation Authority personnel are being questioned," the statement said.

"Bank of Uganda operations remain intact and uninterrupted," the statement added.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told local media that unauthorized cargo was loaded onto a plane chartered by the Bank of Uganda that was carrying banknotes into the country.

Some of the cargo belonged to the United Nations and local businessmen, Opondo said.

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