UPDF denies investigating Brig Kyanda over fake arms deal, transfers CMI chief Col Mbonye to Amisom
The national army the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has refuted reports that it’s investigating the chief of staff Land Forces Brigadier Leopold Kyanda over fake arms deal.
A section of the media had earlier reported that Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) was investigating top army officers in connection with a fraud case in which a Polish company lost more than Euros520,000 (about Shs2b) in a fake procurement deal of military hardware.
According to the reports, the investigations team reportedly led by Col Herbert Mbonye, the deputy military intelligence chief, had concluded inquiry against brigadier Kyanda and others for their alleged interest in a Ugandan shady company that obtained the money after disguising as Ministry of Defence contract agency.
Further, it was reported that the Force had secretly deployed Col Mbonye to AMISOM in Somalia.
However, the UPDF spokesperson Col Paddy Ankunda on Monday warned media houses publishing such reports which he described as malicious, unfounded and aimed at tainting the hard earned image of the UPDF because there were no such investigations or case reported.
Col Ankunda further noted that the army had not secretly transferred Col Mbonye.
” The planned deployment of Col Mbonye to AMISOM is normal deployment and not secret as reported,” said Col Ankunda in a statement issued on Monday.