UPDF To Investigate Col Felix Kulaigye

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) will launch investigations into its Chief Political Commissar Col Felix Kulaigye, find who is being implicated in a bad gold trade deal.

Kulaigye is being accused of overseeing an attack by heavily armed policemen on Matrich Holdings Limited, a city company dealing in minerals, whose three employees were brutally arrested and property confiscated.

Kulaigye confirmed to Daily Monitor Newspaper that he intervened in the deal in which his niece, a one Brenda Murungi was robbed of her 2kgs of gold worth USD 60,000.

Murungi claims the gold was stolen at the Ntinda based Matrich Holdings Company, where she had taken it together with the seller, a Congolese national, to be tested for purity.

Last Friday, Col Kulaigye who also represents the army in Parliament reportedly commanded a raid on the company premises by officers from police’s Flying Squad, regular police officers and plain clothed officers attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence.

These according to witnesses, arrested three employees, undressed them, threw them in a van and took them to Ntinda Police Station from where they were transferred to CPS.

In the raid, the company owner Mr Richard Kamugisha claims, his gold measuring 600gms was confiscated as well as two vehicles and other office equipment worth $20,000.

The UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda revealed today that Col Kulaigye would have to be investigated, since this kind of behavior is not tolerable in the army.


He said in a couple of tweets, “UPDF will investigate alleged involvement of Col Felix Kulaigye in gold theft. UPDF does not tolerate wrong doing and officers take individual responsibility for their behavior.”

Col Kulaigye however, denies the accusations. He told Monitor, “Whereas it is true that Murungi is my niece and I actually contributed to the business, it is not true that I commanded the search of Kamugisha’s office premises. All I did was drive there on Friday and advise my niece to report the matter to police. What police did after the matter was reported is not known to me.”

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