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UPDF Corporal Denies Stealing USD 40,000 From Colonel

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Corporal Godfrey Wafula, a UPDF Officer and a former guard at Colonel Solomon Amanya’s home at Stella, in Najjanankumbi, on Tuesday denied stealing US Dollars 40,000 from his boss’s bedroom as alleged.

Wafula, whose boss is the Chief Inspector of Military Equipment in the UPDF, today appeared before the Makindye General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti.

He told the court that the said money was stolen in his absence, only for him to be arrested and taken to CMI where he was tortured and advised to admit to the offence.

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Colonel Amanya claims that his money was stolen on November 4th, 2015, but Wafula says he had left the home a day before with permission from his boss.

“On 3rd November, my boss granted me permission to pick my son who had finished PLE exams in Masaka. He let me go on condition that I would be back in two days,” he told court.

Wafula says he picked his son on 4th November from the taxi park and they went to Iganga where he was also to attend to other family matters.

“On the 6th Col Amanya contacted me on phone and asked me to hurry back because Faith — the house maid — had left home. I immediately boarded a taxi from the village which dropped me in Kampala and took a bodaboda from town to Najjanankumbi.”

Wafula says that on reaching home, he was arrested and taken to Police where he was accused of stealing the Colonel’s money.

“Afande Amanya told me that if I didn’t bring Faith back, I was to be confined and reminded me that he was capable of doing anything to me.”

He adds that he was taken by one Byarimana and Maj Alex who cuffed him from behind and started beating him.

The colonel, he says, also kicked him with the boot on the fore head before ordering that he is taken to the CMI Clinic for first aid.

While in detention at CMI, Wafula says, he went through severe treatment and was beaten severally to force him to sign a statement he didn’t know.

Further hearing of the matter has been adjourned to 22nd August when the Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha will cross examine Wafula on his testimony.

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