Bank of Uganda has warned members of the public against disrespecting the national currency by painting graffiti on it.
The warning followed a complaint by a concerned citizen Masha Abrah Abbie who tweeted accusing members of People Power Movement led by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine of writing on the national currency.
Abbie shared a picture showing Shs1,000; Shs2,000; Shs5,000, Shs10,000; Shs20,000 and Shs50,000 bank notes written on: “Vote/Londa…Bobi Wine 2021 President”.
“@BOU_Official should issue an urgent directive on tampering with legal tender, bills with such stupid ink prints must be rejected for any form of transaction,” Abbie tweeted.
He added: “Am giving BOU and Police 48 hours to issue a statement.”
In response, Bank of Uganda said “this is wrong, deliberately writing on Banknotes is a disrespectful way of handling money”.
It added: “Writing on Banknotes is called graffiti and it can get you into trouble with the Police.”
Bank of Uganda has the sole right to print/mint, issue and destroy banknotes and coins in Uganda.
It is not clear whether the person who wrote on the currency is a member of People Power or Bobi Wine’s supporter.