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EXCLUSIVE: Bombo-based UPDF Colonel in Trouble Over Arms Deal

A UPDF officer at the rank of Colonel is in the eye of a storm after being named in the botched 12m Euro arms deal.

Highly placed sources told ChimpReports on Thursday morning that Colonel Jeff Mukasa Cupa could be arrested to help in investigations.

“He is facing arrest, stuff http://cutteraviation.com/wp-includes/post.php ” said a source.

UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda recently made a u-turn and admitted that the army was indeed investigating a case where fraudsters reportedly conniving with some officers conned billions of shillings from a Polish arms dealer.

He also confirmed the arrest of city conman Sam Simbwa and Capt Muhoozi, an aide of Gen Salim Saleh in relation to the fake arms deal saga.

This website has now exclusively learned that upon interrogation of suspects, Col Mukasa was accused of clearing the way for the meeting of conmen and Polish arms contractors at Bombo Military Headquarters.

Col Mukasa is in charge of security at the tightly-guarded Bombo military facility.

It is said on orders of Chief of Staff Land Forces Brgadier Leopold Kyanda, Col Mukasa allowed Simbwa and Polish military hardware dealers to convene a meeting in the boardroom of the military headquarters.

In the boardroom, Simbwa and some officers told Polish dealers they wanted artillery pieces; surveillance vehicles and armour yet this was not the case.

Upon return to Poland, the businessmen were told to send money amounting to 520,000 Euros (Shs 2bn) to prepare paper work for the arms deal.

Upon receiving the money, Simbwa and his colleagues switched off their phones.

Feeling shortchanged, the Polish dealers chose to report the matter to police for investigation.

Col Ankunda was not readily available for comment.

Brigadier Kyanda has since vehemently denied knowing or dealing with Simbwa in any defence matter.

He also denies ordering police Special Investigations Unit boss Mark Odong to release the conman from detention.


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