KAMPALA – Centenary Bank has on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, dismissed media reports in circulation. This follows an incident last week where Police intercepted 10 suspects after a tipoff that they were set to rob the bank’s branch in Kawempe, a city suburb.
Earlier reports had indicated that the suspects, who included women, were armed with an unknown number of guns and that they were subsequently arrested after a tip-off.
The bank, however, says that contrary to what was reported by both Police and the media, the incident involved only its customers who are beneficiaries of the “Kasiimo” scheme under Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
“With reference to media reports on an alleged foiled robbery at our branch in Kawempe on 6 June 2019,” wrote Ms. Beatrice Lugalambi, General Manager Corporate Communications, and Marketing, in a recently released media statement from the Bank.
“Centenary Bank wishes to inform its customers and the public that there was no such attempted robbery at the branch.” Reads an excerpt from the statement dated June 10.
The bank has quelled the alleged robbery reducing it to a small misunderstanding between the customers and their alleged coordinators.
The bank statement has asserted that after the reward money was withdrawn from the Branch, a false alarm prompted Uganda Police to intervene and calm the situation outside their Kawempe Branch.
“We shall continue engaging with all stakeholders including the Uganda Police to help bring this matter to a reasonable conclusion.