Kulayigye strips businessmen naked, kidnaps them in fake gold deal gone sour


Kulayigye [URN photo]

Richard Kamugisha the managing director of Matrich Holdings Limited, a company which deals in minerals has petitioned Commander of Defence Forces (CDF) to take disciplinary action against UPDF chief political commissar and MP Col Felix Kulayigye who is allegedly involved in fake gold dealings.

Kamugisha accuses Kulayigye of illegally arresting three of his 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 and an unidentified Congolese gold dealer hit a snag.

Brenda Murungi is said to be a niece of Col Kulaigye.

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 and his the UPDF officer allegedly took 600 grammes of Gold the ransacked premises worth Shs70m, two vehicles and other office equipment worth $20,000.

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

Although Kulaigye confirms visiting Kamugisha’s office pemises and talking to him on phone, he denies having issued threats of killing the employees.

Kulaigye says he couldn’t do that because he doesn’t involve himself in crime.

“I only went to help a relative by asking her to report to police. It is true I spoke to Kamugisha on phone and asked to come over, he feared and has since avoided police because he has criminal intentions,” said Kulayigye in a televised interview on NTV.

It all started when Kulaigye’s niece Murungi approached Kamugisha in the company of a Congolese gold dealer seeking his help.

She wanted him to test the gold stones that they (Murungi and the Congolese businessman) had.

After testing, they were handed back the precious stones well covered in a box.

However, shortly after they left Kamugisha’s office, they came back claiming they had been duped by Kamugisha who conned them of their gold and instead handed them mere stones as gold.

But Kamugisha insisted he handed them the genuine gold and advised her to report the matter to police since it seemed she had been conned by the Congolese business.

Murungi instead contacted her uncle, Kulaigye also her partner in the gold business.

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