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Following criminal investigations by
the Anti-corruption Unit against Bank of Uganda (BoU) in a new theft scandal,
the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has
described the government of Uganda as a kleptocracy.
The legislator says these (suspects)
are the reason for the unending poverty amongst the citizens as he believes the
act has happened for so long.
“As the vast majority of Ugandan
citizens continue to struggle to even afford a decent meal and as poverty levels
continue to rise, Bank of Uganda officials printed 90 billion shillings in
excess and took it out of Entebbe airport for their personal use. No one knows
for how long this has been going on,” said the influenced MP.
In his description, Bobi Wine said
“Kleptocracy is a government with corrupt leaders (kleptocrats) who use their
power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own territory in
order to extend their personal wealth and political powers. It is rule by a
class of thieves. This system involves embezzlement of funds at the expense of
the wider population. A kleptocracy is a government ruled by corrupt
politicians who use their political power to receive kickbacks, bribes, and
special favours at the expense of the population. Kleptocrats may use political
leverage to pass laws that enrich them and they usually circumvent the rule of
The musician-turned-politician said
president Museveni is not only a dictator but also a kleptocrat, saying that
after 33 years in power, Mr. President and his team are stealing money to rest
“After 33 years in power, it is now
an understatement to call president Museveni’s government a mere dictatorship.
It graduated from that stage a long time ago and is now a fully grown
kleptocracy. Like it was in Zaire under Mobutu, government officials are
stealing with reckless abandon- ‘taamu egenda’ style! Of course they have
learnt from the best- the very head of state who treats the national treasury
as his personal property! This is the real state of our nation. Oh Uganda, may
God uphold thee!”
On Friday 14, the head of the
Anti-Corruption Unit at State House Col. Edith Nakalema confirmed a major
investigation into the affairs of Bank of Uganda is underway and revealed that
Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile blew the whistle.
In a statement, Col. Nakalema also
indicated that the investigation initiated by her team was looking into the
conduct of a number of senior Central bank officials and those in the
customs and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in relation to discrepancies in
printing and transportation of some billions of Uganda shilling bills.
“The State House Anti-Corruption
Unit acting on article 99 (4) of the Constitution of Uganda in liaison with the
Criminal Investigations Directorate of Police acting under article 129 (3) a(a)
and in conjunction with Bank of Uganda Is carrying out special investigations
on a matter pertaining the banks’ procurement and supply chain activities,”
Col. Nakalema wrote.
Ofwono Opondo, the government
spokesperson said the BoU officials were being questioned on suspicion of
“criminal mismanagement” and money laundering.
He said the timing of the operation
was deliberately co-ordinated with the arrests on an invitation by the governor
“to avoid any possible collusion” between suspects and because a large number
of those involved in the scum were present at the bank.
Mr. Opondo said the president after
learning about the gravity of the matter authorised Col. Nakalema to raid the
bank and bring the culprits to book.
“The president was fully briefed
about everything because this is a serious matter,” Mr. Opondo said.