The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) today publicly conceded that a high-profile investigation is underway to unearth how top Generals connived to rob a Polish company $120 million (about Shs428 billion)
At a hastily convened press conference at the Defence and UPDF Headquarters in Mbuya, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF Spokesman was forced to eat his words and concede that a Capt Muhoozi and a one Sam Ssimbwa are under arrest.
After releasing a statement that claimed the Army was not investigating this deal and denying that a furious President Museveni had convened a meeting of the High Command to discuss it, Lt Col Ankunda was called to order by his superiors who ordered him to clear the air.
Capt Muhoozi is a former Aide-De-Camp to Gen Salim Saleh.
Ssimbwa is under coolers for reportedly walking away with Euros 520,000 ( Shs2 billion) “as part payment for consultancy fees regarding the transaction.”
Top Generals claimed the Polish company, BMP Poland, would supply assorted artillery like 375 tanks, 46 reconnaissance Ferret and Eland armoured cars. None of these was ever supplied to the UPDF.
The fate of Col Herbert Mbonye, an investigating officer with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) who was investigating the deal before he was suspiciously transferred to Somalia remain unknown.