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Driver Testifies Against His Boss in UPDF Ghost Pilot Case

Caroline Kyakabale (red dress) at the army court on Tuesday
Caroline Kyakabale (red dress) at the army court on Tuesday

Michael Waiswa Kaamu, working as a driver and a dispatch clerk at the Ministry of Defense was the first Prosecution witness to testify against three people accused of causing government a loss of 2.7 billion shillings when they recruited a ghost Russian pilot in the Uganda People’s Defense Airforce (UPDAF)

The three accused persons are Major Kapalaga Lubega a UPDF officer attached to Airforce Katabi Barracks, his wife Mrs Evas Twinomugisha and Caroline Kyakabale, a Human Resource officer in the Airforce attached to Ministry of Defense headquarters in Mbuya.

Waiswa informed court that he joined the Ministry in 2006 as a driver and was later made a dispatch clerk, responsible for receiving and delivering documents to various offices within the ministry.

Waiswa emphasized that he extensively knew Mrs. Kyakabale and that they often met on various occasions at Mbuya.

He says around December 2015, he received an envelope from somebody he didn’t know well, and was asked to deliver it to Mrs Kyakabale.

He says it was a Contract and contained a stamp from the User Department of Air force”

He adds that he later got a call asking whether or not he has safely delivered the package.

“The contract which I received was for a Pilot identified as Valerir Ketrisk and I registered it the records book,” he said.

Waiswa adds that although it was received at Ministry of Defense Headquarters it did not pass through all the mandatory channels as other contracts.

Defense side led by Rtd Major Iduuli however, were not satisfied with the witness and asked that he is compelled to return to court with his appointment letter as well as the Records Book which court ordered.

General Court Martial chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti adjourned further hearing of the matter to 21st August 2017.

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