In April, at the peak of 2019/2020 financial year budget processing at Parliament, some strange men approached Finance State Minister David Bahati’s driver on phone for a deal he was not immediately enlightened on.
On their third communication to the driver (name withheld) the men opened up and promised to give him a huge amount of money provided he delivered the principal to a location the assailants wanted.
The terrified driver immediately informed his busy boss, who was at the heart of budget processing, about the communications he received from the men with dangerous motive.
“They told the man (driver) about the mission before even meeting him. He was so terrified,” said a source.
Bahati quickly told the driver to report to police and it was done within the Kampala metropolitan region.
The phone numbers used by the men were instantaneously shared with other agencies including the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence for surveillance.
The surveillance produced a number of actionable leads resulting to the arrest of multiple suspects currently detained in separate police stations and covert facilities depending on the target value.
ChimpReports has learnt that late last year two women were arrested for attempting to blackmail the same minister.
It was later discovered that the women were facilitated by contacts from a neighboring country. According to security sources the, valuable leads from the current investigations are also pointing to the same country.
Key Suspect at large
The investigations by last night had implicated a known clandestine foreign agent in the country we have withheld the names, since he is yet to be arrested.
When contacted on phone, police spokespersons said they are to be briefed on the matter.
Meanwhile Bahati confirmed the development saying security is handling it.
“It is a matter before police. They are handling it,” said Bahati.
Uganda has registered high level assassinations since March 30, 2015 with the killing of Prosecutor Joan Kagezi in Kiwatule, AIGP Felix Kaweesi in March 17, 2017, Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga in June 8, 2018 in Kawanda and ASP Muhammad Kirumira on Sept 8, 2018.