Post Bank Uganda officials, including Managing Director Steven Mukweli have on Friday appeared at the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (CID).
The meeting with detectives is part of a wider investigation into abuse of office by some of the bank’s top officials.
Watchdog Uganda recently reported that the bank had started internal investigations into abuse of office by nine senior managers.
The investigations were a result of a whistleblower’s letter to Mr Mukweli, citing irregularities in the Finance and Sales departments of the 93-year-old institution.
Those implicated included the General Manager, Finance Jackson Mwesigwa and manager sales who were accused of siphoning millions of shillings from the bank’s accounts.
They were suspended pending further investigations.
Last week however, Lt. Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit stormed the bank’s main office on Nkrumah Road to allegedly investigate the bank’s top officials.
During the meeting in the bank’s boardroom, Nakalema read out allegations of abuse of office, purportedly sent by a whistleblower now believed to be one of the suspended nine.
“The allegations read out dated as far back as 2008 to 2010,” this website has learnt.
The case was forwarded to CID.
“We are conducting this investigation on the funds that were meant to run the day to day duties of the bank,” a source at CID who preferred anonymity, told Watchdog Uganda.
Bank officials were seen exchanging pleasantries with the CID officers in what has been termed as a ‘cordial meeting’.
By the time of press, Mukweli and team had returned to their desks at the main branch.
Some of the issues raised include wrong payment as leave allowances to the Managing Director, allegations of wrongful recruitment of the management accountant and fraudulent payment of Shs848m in regard to an electronic-suit machine which was to be used by the bank.
Watchdog Uganda has since learnt that the allegations date as far as back as 2010.
“Bank of Uganda is aware of and was consulted on the conduct of this investigation,” Kelvin Kizito, the BoU’s acting director of communications told a local daily.
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