By Keefa Nuwahereza
The Bank of Uganda has warned Ugandans to desist from abusing Ugandan Shilling notes by writing on them the words ‘Vote Bobi Wine 2021.’This follows a wide circulation of Bank of Uganda notes in all denominations on social media, written on Vote Bobi Wine 2021.
A statement issued by the Bank of Uganda this afternoon states thus;”Bank of Uganda (BoU) is by law the only authority allowed to issue currency in Uganda and that includes determining the features that appear on any currency note or coin.
The Bank has noted with concern the several social media postings circulating images of Uganda currency notes with handwritten political campaign messages.
This is to advise members of the public that stamping, writing and or markings on currency notes interferes with the securely features that are useful in establishing the authenticity of the genuine currency notes.
Stamping, writing or marking on coins or bank notes also amounts to defacing which exposes the holder of such a note or to the risk of the loss of its value.
The public is therefore strongly warned against the use of currency notes for any purpose other than for receiving or making payments and the public is advised to accept only those notes that bear features as designed by Bank of Uganda.
Individuals involved in the defacing and or those accepting defaced notes risk losing the value of their Bank notes.
Bank of Uganda assures the general public that it’s committed to the preserving the integrity and value of the currency of the republic of Uganda
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