Uganda: Bank Cashier Arrested for Stealing Shs 135 Million From Client's Account

Katwe police is holding the cashier of Barclays bank for the alleged theft of Shs 135 million from a client's account.

The suspect; Naigaga Nansamba is a cashier at Barclays bank, Ndeeba branch. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango says Nansamba was picked up on Tuesday on accusations of tampering with a client's account.

"It is alleged that she tempered with a client's account and stole money. They [client] came and reported a case. We began our investigations, which proceeded very well," Onyango said.

He explains that the initial complaint was that the accused had stolen just Shs 38 million, but a forensic audit involving police detectives and bank management, showed that over Shs 135 million had illegally been withdrawn from the client's account.

"At the moment we are not going to talk about whose account was tampered with," he said.

Onyango said Nansamba's file is almost complete and will be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) next week for perusal and legal advice.

The Barclays bank theft incident comes just five days after Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) released two Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) staff who had been arrested on allegations of stealing Shs 700 million from several clients' deposits.

Daniel Kirumira Kalinda and Christine Namazzi were released following a court order issued by the Buganda Road Court principal Grade One magistrate, Robert Mukanza ordering their unconditional release from police custody or else they be produced before court.

Onyango said Kalinda was arrested for defrauding the clients of DTB through transfers to Namazzi account. According to Onyango, Kirumira was withdrawing money from different accounts and sending the money to Namazzi's account.

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