Crime & Investigation

UPDF Make u-turn; Confirm Fake Arms Deal Probe

Former UPDF Spokesperson Col. Paddy Ankunda has been made head strategic communications at CMI headquarters in Mbuya

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the Ministry of Defence have on Wednesday morning admitted there was a fake arms deal as earlier reported by ChimpReports.

This investigative website unearthed a network in which fraudsters reportedly aided by the senior army officers including the Chief of Staff Land Forces, pilule Brig. Leopold Kyanda took money from a Polish arms dealing company so as to provide equipment to the UPDF.


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Addressing journalists in an urgent press briefing on Wednesday at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, illness the UPDF and Ministry spokesperson Col. Paddy Ankunda admitted that the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and the police Special Investigations Unit are jointly investigating this saga.

“This matter has solicited a lot of publicity and we thought we should come out to clarify that it is being investigated, symptoms ” Col. Ankunda told journalists.

“We would like to state clearly at this moment that sometime in 2015 fraudsters claiming to be representing the UPDF met a representative of a Polish company and in subsequent discussions the investigations have revealed an acceptance agreement was reached on behalf of the ministry of defence.”

The UPDF and Defence Ministry mouthpiece said that self-styled officers Brig. Akello Okutta and Maj. Gen.Wamala Waliyaye signed the acceptance agreement on behalf of the military administration.

According to Ankunda, initial investigations necessitated the arrest of Gen. Salim Saleh’s aide, a one Capt. Muhoozi and Sam Ssimbwa who had been part of the deal.


Col.Ankunda however exonerated Gen. Saleh stressing that Capt. Muhoozi acted independently.


When asked to comment about Brig. Kyanda’s involvement in the deal, the UPDF mouthpiece didn’t deny but said investigations will find everything out.

“We are going to do more investigations to get to the bottom of this matter and be sure all those who are culprits in this matter are brought to book. Let us now have space to investigate this.”

On whether Brig. Kyanda had influenced authorities at the Kireka based Special Investigations Unit to release Ssimbwa, Col.Ankunda said investigations will look into that matter too.

“There will be no cover and this cannot be one of those things to be left to pass. Our name is bigger than any individual. All this speculation will be unearthed,” he added.

Applauds ChimpReports

The UPDF spokesman applauded ChimpReports for their efforts that alerted them on the saga stressing that the investigative website played its watchdog role well.


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