Government has summoned KUENE + NAGEL, a United Kingdom-based cargo company that delivered consignment to the Bank of Uganda to assist in investigations.
In a press release issued by Lt, Col Edith Nakalema, she said that her team was tipped off by the governor Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, and acted immediately.
Nakalema says that eight (8) Bank of Uganda (BoU) officials were detained to aid investigations.
In a press briefing conducted in Kampala, Nakalema said that they also delivered a sermon to the airline operators who supplied the cargo (KUENE + NAGEL) to Uganda to assist investigations.
According to Nakalema, the investigation is a long process because there are many parties involved that need to be questioned, and in this case it will take a long time to reach its final point.
We summoned the plane owners to find out who cleared the cargo. This is a wide investigation involving many people and agencies. It will take us a long time to decide on who to take to court.Nakalema stated
Nakalema says their best interest is in knowing the person behind all these and how this cargo firm (KUENE + NAGEL) received this extra cargo destined to Bank of Uganda.
Bank of Uganda has hired M / s Oberthur Fiduciaire, a printing company based in France, to print Uganda’s currencies, but it has been reported that the cash was driven to Belgium by highway to fulfill this private cargo plane that supplied the money to Uganda.
The printed money was 70 million pieces of 50,000shs notes that amounted to 350 billion shillings packed in 20 pallets, and on top of that a further 5 pallets were added to the cargo.
A private chartered aircraft (MD-IIF) courtesy of M / S KUENE + NEGEL flight number ASK4042/LGG-EBB/ was intended to send the printed money to Uganda on April 26, 2019.
This scheme was then altered and the cash was airlifted by another aircraft (B747-400BCF) which raised questions.