Following the contradicting statements from the different government agencies on the current Bank of Uganda saga, Members of Parliament are proposing that the country considers contracting U.K’s Scotland Yard to find out the truth behind the saga.
Scotland Yard (officially New Scotland Yard) is a metonym for the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the territorial police force m responsible for policing all but the inner core of London.
This followed a matter of National Importance that was raised by Busia Municipality Member of Parliament (MP), Geoffrey Macho who noted that the contradicting statements by from the Police, Government and Bank of Uganda.
The confusion was highlighted on Tuesday when the government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo came out to openly attack Police which informed the press that the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) was carrying out an investigation into the excess money that was printed and ferried into the country.
Opondo noted that this was so absurd since government didn’t know where was getting such information maintaining that the investigations that are being carried out are focused on the extra cargo that was the BOU Chartered plane which has nothing to do with the alleged excess money printed.
This was made worse when the Governor Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Musiime Mutebile came out and told the media that he was not aware of what the Police was investigating.
This confusion prompted Macho to demand an clear explanation from the Ministry of Finance over the matter.
In response on the matter, the State Minister of Planning and Economic Development, David Bahati as a Ministry they are aware that there is indeed a case involving BOU which was reported to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit and is currently being handled by the CID of the Uganda Police Force.
“It is true there is an issue to do with an air cargo which was carrying our currency to Uganda and was found with extra items on the plane,” Bahati said.
He added; “At the moment, the investigators are investigating and we are waiting for a report but what we can assure the country at the moment is that we don’t see any indication that this incident is going to affect the economy in terms of the economy and others, but we are on top of it to ensure that of there was anything wrong, it is found out.”
Bahati requested that the investigators be given a chance to inform them what was on the plane and then the Ministry shall report back to the House.
Minister Bahati’s response was challenged by some members including Kasanda North MP, Patrick Nsamba who requested that the Minister be given a time line within which he must report back to the house with a report on the BOU saga.
Nsamba’s call was supported by Dokolo Woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal who however added that the saga at the Central Bank needs calls for an independent, deep and a serious investigation body that will help restore the image of the central bank.
“The concern of Parliament at this stage is to establish who is investigating who. We are concerned because we are getting contradicting statements from government departments that would be building up hope among Ugandans,” Ogwal said.
Ogwal said that as of now, the way the matter has been handled is wanting urging that Parliament should take a step further.
“We may have to call upon the Scotland Yard because things have gone out of hand. We need a more serious investigation that would go deeper to investigate Bank of Uganda and give us evidence that government is in control.”
In her ruling, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga noted that, “The Minister has undertaken to bring an interim report on Tuesday next week, let us allow him and if we are not satisfied, then we can proceed to Scotland Yard”.