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BoU unable account for 272 billion meant to save Crane Bank-Auditor General

The auditor general has queried the whereabouts of Shs 272.6 billion of the Shs478 billion that was meant to save Crane Bank.

In a special report, John Muwanga discovered that BoU officials approved and remitted $53.16 million (more than Shs195 billion) to Crane Bank but there is no documentary evidence that the rest Shs 272 billion was sent.

The money is said to have been requested Crane Bank customers and was later released through the bank’s Nostro Account 3582025085001 after BoU officials sent instructions to Citi Bank in New York.

“I traced the accounts in the CBL in the TT requests to CBL Nostro account statement and confirmed that the amounts in the requests tallied with the transfers from the Nostro Account. However, I was not able to confirm the final recipients of the respective transfers from the CBL Nostro account as the account didn’t indicate the beneficiary account names, account numbers and beneficiary bank,” the AG report states in part.

The report also discovered that Shs77.5 billion that BoU officials claim they transferred to 46 Crane Bank branches across the country cannot be detected.

“Crane Bank annual accounts for the period starting January 1, 2016 to January 25, 2017 also could not be traced,” noted the report.

This is one of the latest discoveries in the ongoing probe on the closure of seven commercial banks by parliament’s Committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises COSASE).

Yesterday, COSASE quizzed officials from the central bank over various transactions but the answers were not forthcoming.

COSASE is expected to wind up its investigations this week and thereafter compile a report


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