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KAMPALA, Uganda

Bank of Uganda (BoU) has issued new tight guidelines to the staff at the different currency centres across the country on accessing cash rooms and counting machines.

The strict rules follow media reports that several staff at the Mbale Currency Centre have been suspended following allegations that some of them were caught by security operatives while trying to sneak out old notes in sacks last week.

The old notes were reportedly to be destroyed, but the suspects allegedly tried to sneak them out of the currency centre for selfish interests.
The Central Bank’s communications director, Ms Charity Mugumya, yesterday explained that BoU is internally investigating allegations of theft involving staff in Mbale and that some staff were sent on forced leave.

“There were allegations of pilferage involving cancelled stock at Mbale Regional Branch. The Bank is conducting internal investigations to ascertain the veracity of the allegations,” she said.
She added: “As a result, some staff were sent on leave to pave way for investigations. Details will be available as and when investigations are complete.”

The new guidelines
BoU has issued new guidelines on staff access to the cash machine rooms. The guidelines were signed on September 2, by Dr Bazinzi Natamba, the acting director of the Currency Department.
According to the new guidelines, staff from one currency centre cannot access the cash room of another branch without authorisation from the directorate

Also, the staff in all currency centres who are not note examiners will not be allowed to access the cash room to participate in sorting or punching of the money.
Dr Natamba also directed the managers at currency centres to always ensure that CCTV recordings are reviewed daily.
He also directed the manages to immediately stop staff from carrying into the counting rooms such items as tea, water, eats, juice, among others, for personal use.

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