UPDF Admits Bogus Arms Deal

UPDF Admits Bogus Arms Deal

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the Ministry of Defence have on Wednesday morning admitted there was a fake arms deal.

Addressing journalists in an urgent press briefing at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, the UPDF spokesperson Col. Paddy Ankunda said that the Chieftaincy of Military Inteligence (CMI) and the police Special Investigations Unit are jointly investigating this saga.

“This matter has solicited a lot of publicity and we thought we should come out to clarify that it is being investigated,” Col. Ankunda told journalists.

“We would like to clearly state that sometime in 2015 fraudsters claiming to be representing the UPDF met a representative of a Polish company and in subsequent discussions the investigations have revealed an acceptance agreement was reached on behalf of the ministry of defence.”

Ankunda said that self-styled officers Brig. Akello Okutta and Maj. Gen. Wamala Waliyaye signed the acceptance agreement on behalf of the military administration.

According to him, initial investigations necessitated the arrest of Gen. Salim Saleh’s Aide, a one Capt. Muhoozi and Sam Ssimbwa who had been part of the deal.

When asked to comment about Brig. Kyanda’s involvement in the deal, the UPDF mouthpiece didn’t deny but said investigations will find everything out.

“We are going to do more investigations to get to the bottom of this matter and be sure all those who are culprits in this matter are brought to book. Let us now have space to investigate this,” he concluded.