SCANDAL: Mukula Conned Shs5b By Speaker Oulanya’s Sudanese Friend
Former State Minister for Health Mike Mukula has lost a staggering Shs5b in a botched business deal with a suspected South Sudanese conman, an investigation by Chimp Corps reveals.
Mukula has now taken the South Sudan government to court for falling short of paying USD2m (Shs5b) it owes him for supply of 100 tons of maize in 2008.
In a suit lodged in the Kampala Commercial Court, Mukula says a Sudanese businessman identified as Emmanuel Ogyik signed the contract on behalf of Juba.
Mukula confirmed the development in an exclusive interview with our investigator Gold Ronald.
The NRM Vice Chairman Eastern Uganda said he agreed to supply maize to M/S Nile Valley Construction Company of South Sudan, under the Emergency Food Scheme, after being approached by deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanya.
“It’s Oulanya who introduced Ogyik to me. I did not know him at all. That’s how this saga started,” said Mukula.
Like any other shrewd businessman, Mukula swiftly acquired a Shs2bn loan from KCB in Kampala to facilitate the deal.
His job was to collect sacks of maize in Uganda and transport them to Juba. He also secured maize bags and rented warehouses in the Kampala suburbs of Nakawa and Bugolobi at a cost of USD 0.5m.
Mukula revealed the agreement clearly provided that he would get Shs2.5b as first installment after supply of 100 tons of maize so as to clear the KCB loan.
The situation is so serious that Mukula had mortgaged his plush Bugolobi mansion for the KCB loan.
In February 2009, Ogyik issued a cheque of Shs 5b to Mukula which surprisingly bounced at KCB Kampala main branch.
Mukula's letter to Kayihura seeking punitive action against the unprofessional cops
Later in March this year, through his lawyer Ronnie Tumwesiimire of Synergy & Co. Advocates, Mukula caused Ogyik’s arrest in Kampala.
The South Sudanese was captured by police detectives as he enjoyed sex with a mistress at a hotel in Kabalagala, a Kampala suburb.
Ogyik was subsequently detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
Fearing being sent to Luzira, Ogyik telephoned Mike Mukula, DP president Nobert Mao, Minister Betty Bigombe and Jacob Oulanya seeking to settle this matter amicably.
Ogyik said the Sudanese government was yet to effect payment for the supplied goods.
He even surrendered his passport and other travel documents to Mukula.
Ogyik is on the run
Amusingly, as police recorded the statement in preparation for Ogyik’s prosecution at the Commercial Court, the South Sudanese disappeared from CPS.
Mukula now alleges police chief investigator at CPS Paul Mugisha and Kampala metropolitan police boss Andrew Felix Kaweesi took a Shs40m bribe from Ayiky thus aiding the suspect’s escape.
These cops were not readily available for comment.
In a complaint to IGP Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, Mukula says: “This being a high level case involving large amounts of money, the suspect was arrested and detained at the Central Police Station on the 1st day of March 2012”
Mukula says he later learnt that “the suspect was released from police custody late in the night under unclear circumstances on the orders of Mr. Mugisha Paul, the OC/CID Kampala Metropolitan, and without even recording a police statement as is the practice.”
Mukula is also enraged that Ogyik could abscond from course of justice and jeopardize investigations.
The Soroti MP has also asked IGP to investigate and punish the two officers over abuse of their offices and lack of professionalism.
He noted that he had contacted Interpol to hunt for Ogyik because he is now a criminal after using different passports to globetrot thus escaping the long arm of the law.
Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi on Monday appealed to Ugandans to exercise vigilance and avoid being conned by dangerous elements in society.
He further stated that cases of obtaining money by false pretence are on the rise especially in Kampala.
Ssenkumbi said over the weekend, police arrested 50 suspected conmen.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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