Crime & Investigation

Kayihura Probes UPDF Arms Deal in Poland

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has met with Polish defence contractors who were conned Shs 2bn from Bombo military headquarters boardroom.

Gen Kayihura recently traveled to Poland on orders of president Museveni to investigate a case in which a conman known as Sam Ssimbwa reportedly colluded with UPDF officers to diddle BPM Poland located in Al Jerozolimskie, physician Warzawa.

The Polish firm was informed during the meeting that they needed armour for battle tanks T-72; T-54/T-65, visit this PT-76 and BMP-2; 6 Ferrets and 40 Elands – air portable light armoured cars, for reconnaissance and Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) including Mambas and self-propelled artillery equipment.

A discussion on supply of the defence equipment ensued, leading to the signing of the 12m Euros ‘contract’ with BPM Poland Board Chairman, Marek Celer on October 7.

A fake document was generated to show the contractors that the payment process had been initiated by Ministry of Defence which was successfully used as a bait to encourage Polish businessmen to send Shs 2bn for paper work.

On picking 528,000 Euros, the Ugandan dealers switched off their phones. A case would later be reported at Police, leading to the arrest of Ssimbwa.

Simbwa was reportedly released on orders of Chief of Staff Brigadier Leopold Kyanda.



Interestingly, the military intelligence dragged its feet on the matter, compelling Museveni to commission a fresh probe under Gen Kayihura.

This committee comprises officials from ISO, ESO and Police.

Kayihura in a group photo with Polish police officials
Kayihura in a group photo with Polish police officials

Each of these institutions sent a representative to accompany Kayihura to Poland; taking statements from the defrauded contractors.

A source told ChimpReports that Kayihura “promised the aggrieved polish businessmen that the criminals will be locked up and their money would be recovered.”

Uganda Police Force said in a brief message that Kayihura indeed met with officials from the Polish National Police to “discuss a bilateral agreement to fight cyber crime and money laundering.”

Brigadier Kyanda who is at the centre of the investigation has since denied culpability.

Kyanda denies contacting or knowing Simbwa.

The Brigadier further said he knows nothing about the botched defence deal and has never contacted anyone to release Simbwa.

The case has since exposed army officers as allying with suspected criminals to use military offices to defraud unsuspecting foreign contractors.

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