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Ugandan woman flees to UK after ‘selling’ state secrets


Esther Nankya [R] during Museveni demos in London

A Ugandan businesswoman has fled to exile in the United Kingdom after authorities reportedly placed a Shs500m bounty on her head.

Esther Nankya, a private businesswoman, has been operating in South Sudan  where she was allegedly trading interstate secrets on oil dealings with top ranking officials in Juba.

Ugandan security, according to the source, smoked Nankya out and placed a Shs500m bounty on her head.

It was discovered that Nankya has been “selling” secrets on oil dealings between Juba and Kampala and to United Kingdom through a South Sudanese who works as a correspondent.

For five years, Ugandan security operatives have been on Nankya’s invisible trail, thought to be leading to the neighbouring warring state.

To their surprise in February 2016, Internal Security Organisation [ISO] and External Security Organisation [ESO] operatives landed on pictures featuring Nankya.


Esther Nankya with UK police at the Ugandan Embassy in UK as she joined other Ugandans in ant Museveni protests on the streets in feb this year.

She appeared on the streets of London in anti-President Yoweri Museveni demonstrations held by the diaspora community.

She was among Ugandans who carried placards and marched to the Ugandan Embassy in London protesting Museveni’s hold onto power.

The source says Nankya who was actually in South Sudan, was tipped on how government had put her on the list of the most wanted hence quietly sneaking out and flying to UK in exile.

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