Duach Chuol Kaylech Toang, a Sudanese national was just a normal traveler crossing Malaba OSBP by bus from Kenya to Uganda. His final destination was South Sudan through Uganda. As is the norm, travelers crossing the boarder are checked and so is their hand luggage.
One by one, their hand luggage went through the non intrusive hand luggage scanner at the border without a problem until it was the turn for Duach’s luggage. The scanner picked up something uncanny which prompted the team to physically inspect the luggage.
They found bundles of papers the size of a dollar and some liquid among other things.
On face value, they were just papers but upon application of the liquid (chemical) contained in Duach’s luggage, the papers transformed into fake dollars. Immediately the suspect, Duach was arrested and he is set to face the law.
Non Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology is a powerful tool against smuggling that continues to put many smugglers away.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA): Facilitation of legitimate trade and protection of society from harmful products are two of customs core mandates and as such the introduction of fake dollars into our economy is intolerable.