KAMPALA – Bank of Uganda has come under fire again after 12 of its workers were caught altering their age to cheat taxpayer’s money and other retirement benefits in a glitch discovered by management.
It has been revealed that after the bank’s management asked staff to submit copies of National IDs and it turned out that 12 staff had different dates of birth from those submitted at their point of entry to the bank.
An act of falsifying age according to the BoU Administrative Manual requires them to be dismissed but they have been asked to voluntarily retire, hence ‘illegally’ qualifying them for the retirement benefits.
Those named in the fresh scam include Auka Modesto; Director of the National Payment System Department, Semugga Stephen; Director Administrative Services, Oketcho Solomon; Executive Director of Administrative Services, Opio Patrick; Assistant Director Security and Rumanzi Peter Ivan; Assistant Director of the Petroleum Fund.
Others include; Odonga Ekuka Sophie (Currency Department), Enyasu Julius (Security), Mpora Adonia (Administrative Services), Olonga Fred (Non-banking institutions department), Katamba Simon Patrick (Commercial banking), Kaitesi Stella Lubega (Statistics) and Wamurumba Peter Musai (Banking).
Sources within the Central Bank say, deputy governor Louis Kasekende, sanctioned this after BoU’s Human Resource Director Dr. Jan Tibamwenda wrote to him for clarity in a November 16 letter.
“Reference is made to the memo dated 12th November 2019. Your attention is drawn to sections 6.8.12, 6.8.14 of the Administration Manual (April 2018) regarding the update of staff information.”
“I wish to further draw your attention to the Board Resolution No. 247 made 11th October 1999 which stated that staff shall not be permitted to change the age declared to the Bank at the time of entry.”
“The purpose of this Memo is to seek your approval for the above-mentioned staff to voluntarily retire rather than considering the Administrative Manual (April 2018) penalty recommendation under section 6.9.11 that calls for an outright dismissal.”