Army suspends Col Kulayigye over gold scam

Col Felix Kulayigye [New Vision photo]

Col Felix Kulayigye [New Vision photo]

Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] has suspended its chief political commissar Col Felix Kulayigye for participating in a fake gold saga.

Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, confirmed the development after ”incessant calls” about the fate of Hon Col Felix Kulayigye.

“Truth is Hon Col Felix Kulayigye has been suspended from office of Chief Political Commissar,” Ankunda said.

He said the suspension is pending further inquiries about his conduct in the issue of gold business.

“However, Col Kulayigye remains in parliament as UPDF representative despite the suspension,” Ankunda explained.

Back in June this year, the Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala ordered the army to investigate Col Felix for his involvement in fake gold deals.

This came after Richard Kamugisha the managing director of Matrich Holdings Limited, a company which deals in minerals petitioned Katumba to take disciplinary action against Kulayigye.


The army chief allegedly illegally arrested three of Kamugisha’s employees with 600 grammes of gold worth Shs70m, office equipment worth $20,000 and two vehicles yet to be recovered after a transaction involving a business lady identified as Brenda Murungi [niece to Kulayigye] and an unidentified Congolese gold dealer hit a snag.

In a June 18 complaint received by General Katumba, Kamugisha through his lawyers alleges that on June 17 [last Friday] Col Kulayigye in company of armed UPDF officers attacked his offices in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb without any legal justification and kidnapped the employees plus the property of the company.

Kulayigye allegedly threatened to shoot Kamugisha’s employees if they did not give him money.

Brief factfile

Kulayigye concurrently serves as a Member of Parliament, representing the UPDF.

He joined Uganda’s armed forces in 1989, after completing his first university degree.

He saw combat in Northern Uganda against the Lord’s Resistance Army. While there, he served as a platoon commander.

Later, from 2005 to 2013, he served as the UPDF Spokesperson. Still later, he served as the Chief Political Commissar.

In 2016, he was elected to serve as a Member of Parliament representing the UPDF in the 10th Parliament (2016 to 2021).

He spent some time in the Presidential Protection Unit, which today is part of the Special Forces Command in the UPDF.

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