Unscrupulous individuals behind hand-written political campaign messages in some Ugandan currency notes risk arrest, this is according to Bank of Uganda (BoU) Governor Emmanuel Mutebile.
Responding to widely circulated photos of the notes bearing "Vote Bobi Wine 2021" and "Vote Museveni 2021", Governor Mutebile, in a statement, stated that citizens should reject defaced currencies.
"The Bank has noted with concern the several social media postings circulating images of Uganda's currency notes with handwritten political campaign messages,” stated Mutebile.
Mutebile explained that the graffiti “interferes with the security features that are useful in establishing the authenticity of the genuine currency notes.”
“This is to advise members of the public that stamping, writing and/or markings on currency notes interfere with the security features that are useful in establishing the authenticity of the genuine currency notes,” he added.
He added that the act also shorten the lifespan of the currency.
“The public is, therefore, strongly warned against the use of currency notes for any other purpose other than for making or receiving payments and the public is also advised to accept only those notes that bear features as designed by Bank of Uganda,” noted the governor.
Passions running high ahead of 2021 election
The development comes weeks after Baker Kasumba, 21, was ‘crucified’ by two unidentified men for allegedly being a supporter of the National Resistance Movement (NRM); a faction that rivals Bobi Wine's People Power Movement. PPM is challenging longtime President Yoweri Museveni for the top seat in 2021.
Kasumba claimed that he was spotting a yellow beret; a hat commonly associated with NRM party members when he was accosted by the assailants as he walked home from work. They drove 6-inch nails in his hands.
When he raised the alarm, they fled.
An incident that saw Herbert Anderson Barora - the deputy resident city commissioner announce that security agencies were mooting plans to ban berets in bid to quell the "surge in personal and community attacks" over political affiliations in the city.