Crime & Investigation

ARMS DEAL: State Moves to Prosecute Capt. Muhoozi, Ssimbwa

Simbwa posing for pictures with Polish contractors after signing a bogus defence contract (Source: Courtesy Photo)

UPDF Captain Ronald Muhoozi and suspected city conman Sam Ssimbwa are set to appear in court on charges related to a fraudulent arms procurement deal.

Muhoozi is a former aide to Gen Salim Saleh, sick the overall commander of Operation Wealth Creation.

Defence officials say Gen Saleh was not aware about Muhoozi’ alleged dealings.

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Addressing journalists on Monday at Naguru-based Police Headquarters, viagra the law enforcement’s spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said the Director of Public Prosecution is ready for commencement of the trial.

“All the evidence has been assembled, ” said Kaweesi.

“The suspects will appear before court this week,” he added.

ChimpReports last year broke news about the arms deal, leading to the removal of a powerful military general from office.

A Polish firm was conned of over 528,000 Euros (Shs 2bn) in an inexistent deal to supply military hardware to UPDF.

Gen Kale Kayihura would later lead a delegation of security operatives to Poland where the complainants recorded statements.

Kaweesi could not confirm whether any high ranking UPDF officer would face court in this case.

“Wait for charges but for now it’s only those two suspects,” said Kaweesi.

In an investigative report by this website last year indicated how in  early 2015, a meeting was held at Bombo Army Headquarters Boardroom among UPDF officers and representatives of a Polish company known as BPM Poland located in Al Jerozolimskie, Warzawa.

The Polish contractors were instructed to arrange for the supply of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) including Mambas and self-propelled artillery equipment yet no such deal existed.

The Polish contractors were later asked to send 528,000 Euros (Shs 2bn) to ‘Prima Investments Company’ to help in paper work and on receiving it, the Ugandan dealers switched off their phones.


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