There is bizarre scandal unfolding around the central bank in Kampala that reads like a concoction.
The central bank ordered the national currency amounting to Uganda Shillings 350 billion be printed in France. This is the equivalent of $100 million.
The central bank chartered a plane to bring in the cash, rather than putting it in the cargo hold of an airliner.
Then the consignment finally arrived at Entebbe and lo and behold, in the cargo hold of the ‘exclusive charter' were several other tons of other importers goods!
But that is not our concern. If someone foxed another over the terms of transportation of the precious cargo, it is their problem.
The trouble is the wild rumour that besides the Ush350 billion, there was an extra 90 billion, the equivalent of about $25 million, which did not go to the central bank’s strong rooms, or to any bank or government premises for that matter.
And now, men who have never handled a hundred-notes bundle of freshly minted cash are taking advantage of the purported heist to make sisters fall deeply in love with them.
“I have a big problem,” one will say after pretending to be disturbed for several days, and a female workmate who has noticed cajoles him into sharing what is disturbing him.
After swearing her to secrecy, he tells how his brother was involved in the Ush90 billion heist. And that they now have a problem of concealing the money and getting it out of his house to a place it can be kept safely until the situation cools and they can spend it in peace. The 'best way', of course, is to relocate and settle in another country.
The sympathetic woman is soon co-opted in the delicate operation, and her house is inspected if it can serve the purpose.
We don’t know how many different ways the rest of the operation is conducted. Maybe some of the conmen actually move sealed boxes of rubbish for the new ‘confidantes’ to hide.
Maybe some just keep making plans for hiding the hot billions. But the intended result is the same. The 'jigger' worms his way into the woman’s bed while she is blinded by the desire of being the custodian to billions of freshly minted billions.
There are many out there exploiting the unfortunate scandal and the false tales accompanying it. It seems the only way to stop these games is to declare that the 90 billion has been found, even if it never existed in the first place.