UPDF Officer Didn’t Steal Singer Lutaaya’s Car – Ankunda

Geofrey Lutaaya's vehicle was recently recovered

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) have distanced themselves from a man reported to have been involved in the theft of singer Geoffrey Lutaaya’s car.

The man identified by media yesterday as Capt James Lukwago, order the army says, is not and has never been part of them.

The reports claimed the suspect was attached to the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi and masterminded the theft of Lutaaya’s Toyota Alphard, registration number UAY 544Q.

The car was later discovered at Mugoya Service Garage in Iganga. According to police, 15 other stolen vehicles were recovered from the same garage and the owners of the garage were arrested to help in investigations.

The army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda clarified yesterday that the said Capt Lukwago is not a serving army officer.

“This is to clarify that the UPDF does not have a Captain or any staff anywhere by the said name serving within its ranks. Similarly, National Leadership Institute does not have any staff called James Lukwago,” Ankunda said in a statement.

The army mouthpiece says the suspect could have been an impostor in the UPDF like several others.

“The Public is requested to report, to the security forces, any individuals indulging in crime claiming to be members of the UPDF or anyone suspected to be impersonating to be a soldier.

“The UPDF acts professionally and does not condone criminality within its ranks. It is a constitutional force that respects all the laws governing the country and it has a conscious knowledge that the interests of the people come first.”


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