Two Remanded for Recruiting Ghost UPDF Pilot


Makindye General Court martial has charged and remanded two people for causing Ministry of Defence to enter an employment contract with a ghost pilot.

The two are Major Kapalaga Lubega, rx 59, about it an officer attached to Uganda People’s Defense Air forces (UPDAF) under the Directorate of Medical Services and Mrs. Caroline Kyakabale, 36, formally working as Human Resource Manager in charge of Civilian personnel in the UPDAF.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges today while appearing before Court Martial Chairman Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti.

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Gen. Gutti adjourned the matter to 10th April for further mention, before remanding Major Kapalaga and Mrs. Kyakabale to Makindye Military Barracks and Luzira Prison respectively.

Prosecution alleges that RO 05639 Major Kapalaga Lubega and Mrs Caroline Kyakabale and others still at large, between the month of October 2005 and January 2016 caused the Ministry of Defense to enter into an employment contract with a non-existing pilot purported to be a Russian by the Names Valerir Ketrisk.

This came to light in June Last year when an investigation team commissioned by the Chief of Defense Forces Gen Katumba Wamala reported that said ghost was being paid Shs $618,000 (approximately Shs2.07billion) in monthly salaries and another $120,000 (approximately Shs402 million) in gratuity, over a period of 11 years, plunging the ministry in a Shs 2.4billion loss.

The investigating team led by Maj Martin Nsengiyunva from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) discovered that Valerir Ketrisk who was purportedly an instructor of the Mi17 and Mi24 helicopter gunships was in fact non-existent.


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