Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) intelligence in Kakiri town have intercepted and impounded several cartons of water branded for UPDF use.
According to the Defence Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire, a one Pauline Komunda, a business woman in Kakiri town council, a Boda boda transporter only identified as Steven Kasiga and a UPDF accomplice L/Cpl Alex Bwambale Katungumeri were arrested.
Karemire stated that the branded water ‘UZIMA’ is meant only for the consumption of UPDF personnel while that for public consumption is not branded.
According to the spokesperson, Komunda Pauline a retail shop operator in kakiri was found with five cartons of the water.
“When she was interviewed, she revealed to the veiled intelligence staff that she had got it through a boda boda man who had picked it from Kakiri barracks where the production plant is located.”
The boda boda man was also immediately arrested. He agreed to give security more information he knew about the trade.
“The information Steven gave led to the arrest of RA/187480 Cpl Alex Bwambale Katungumeri,” he said.
According to Karemire, the information collected collaborates with that of Mrs Paulina Komunda who had initially locked up herself inside the shop until her brother identified as Capt Gwaido came over.
“The brother convinced her to open the door and she was apprehended.”
The suspects Komunda Pauline the buyer, and Kasiga Steven the transporter were arrested and are being held at Kakiri police station while Bwambale Alex Katungumeri is being held at Kakiri barracks waiting to be charged.
The exhibits are currently being kept at the UPDF intelligence offices in Kakiri barracks and the files for both the civilians and the soldier are in final stages of being readied for prosecution.
Uzima Water is a brand under NEC, a business arm of the UPDF.
The factory is located near the UPDF 1st infantry headquarter Kakiri. Uzima water has been on market for a couple of years now, and it’s one of the most sought after mineral water brands in the country.
In order to avoid scrupulous people selling water not meant for sale on open market, the management decided to separate water for public market and that meant to go to UPDF units free of charge.