Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) has dismissed claims that President Museveni’s brother, Gen Caleb Akandwanaho alias Salim Saleh, owns shares or holds a position in the Meridian Tobacco Company and Leaf Tobacco and Commodities Ltd.
It was alleged by blogs in Rwanda that Saleh co-owned the two tobacco companies based in Uganda with Rwandan businessman, Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro.
However, in a statement issued Tuesday, URSB boss Twebaze Bemanya said Leaf Tobacco is “registered as a foreign owned company while Meridian is incorporated as a local company owned by two persons, none of whom is Gen Caleb Akandwanaho Salim Saleh.”
Rwandan President Paul Kagame recently said Rujugiro was using the tobacco companies to fund rebels loyal to dissident army General, Kayumba Nyamwasa to destabilize Rwanda.
Rujugiro denied the charge, saying he is not involved in politics.
The Rwandan billionaire also met with President Museveni over Rwanda’s concerns.
He told Museveni that if he wanted to fund a rebellion against Kagame, he would use funds generated from companies based in other countries not necessarily Uganda.
Documents purporting to show Saleh’s shareholding in the two companies were shared on the internet in 2018. Saleh did not comment on these accusations.
URSB today said in a statement that Saleh “is not and has never been a shareholder nor a director in the said two companies.”
Kagame recently accused senior Ugandan military officers of planning to remove him from power, a claim Kampala dismissed as untrue.