Uganda's currency is undergoing a major overhaul. The old banknotes bearing a picture of ousted?
GV Large crowd gathered outside Grindlays Bank in Kampala (2 shots)
SV PAN Crowds on steps of bank PAN TO Doorway with people queueing
SV INTERIOR woman teller exchanging money at teller's window
GV people gathered around teller's window as teller changes money
CU Bank taller explaining exchange to customer and customer picking up bundle of bank notes
GV Cars queuing at petrol station
CU Man paying for petrol
SV Ice cream seller checking notes after sale
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Background: Uganda's currency is undergoing a major overhaul. The old banknotes bearing a picture of ousted ruler, Idi Amin, are gradually being replaced with new ones--showing a picture of the bank of Uganda.
SYNOPSIS: Life in Ugandan towns has slowed down to a shuffles as thousands of people line up to exchange currency notes bearing the likeness of the former President. To speed up the nine-day operation, as well as in the banks exchanges are being made in the Kampala railway station, a sport stadium and all local post offices. Ugandans are allowed to exchange only five thousand shillings (625 dollars) in cash--the rest must be deposited in an account.
Millions of shillings held in neighbouring countries will not be allowed back into Uganda and will become worthless when the deadline expires. All travellers entering Uganda while the new rates are being issued will be searched. The government hopes to prevent the return of large amounts of Ugandan currency-- illegally taken out of the counter by Amin's supporters when the regime collapsed last April.
Although the old notes remain valid until October the 28th, many shopkeepers are already refusing to accept the old currency.