On Sunday last week, President Yoweri Museveni summoned security chiefs for an extraordinary meeting on the UPDF arms deal scandal at his upcountry home in Rwakitura.
Museveni had just received the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence’s classified report into the Euro15m bogus agreement that was stunningly signed from inside the Bombo Military Headquarters for the procurement of heavy full combat weapons.
The meeting was over a scandal in which a Polish arms dealing company BPM Poland lost Shs2bn to fraudsters allegedly aided by the senior military officers mainly the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Brig. Leopold Kyanda.
According to sources in the security circles, the President who is also the Commander-in-Chief was not happy throughout the several hours of the meeting that took place in the evening.
It is now understood that before the CMI started its probe, External Security Organization (ESO) had already made a report after dispatching operatives to eastern Europe to know more about the Polish’s BPM arms contractors and as well their dealings with the fraudsters in Uganda led by Sam Simbwa who is currently in detention at the Police Special Investigation Unit in Kireka.
Museveni was mainly puzzled by the long period since 2015 when the event unfolded and the army administration doing nothing to either detect or foil the shameful scandal in which the critical boundaries of defense and documents were used.
“The President wondered how the CDF (Chief of Defense Forces) failed to reign and be on top of the situation when his juniors were indulging in extremely contrary activities,” a source in the security who asked not to be named said.
The CMI that is expected to have assigned operatives in the security detail of all generals for gathering information on all their movements and activities was another center of contention.
The President had expected the CMI to have preempted the scandal.
The CMI boss, Brig. Charles Bakahumura was tasked to explain how events unfolded and went for months under his nose even when he has the necessary infrastructure.
Bakahumura at first denied investigating the matter, saying “that’s that’s a procurement issue.”
The army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda would a few days later confirm that indeed the military intelligence were investigating the matter.
It is also believed that Brig. Kyanda who once served as the CMI chief until 2008 when he was sent to Washington as Military Attaché, likely compromised part of the administration and frustrated early efforts in the probe of the matter.
Kyanda has repeatedly denied having a hand in the scandal.
Journalists are told that the CMI headquarter-stationed electronic surveillance officers investigating the matter had to uncharacteristically shift their base to a different location within Kampala.
“Nothing was being taken for granted during the whole investigation. Some of the boys (CMI officers) had to temporarily operate from out,” a source in intelligence said.
This website understands that a good number of generals have been tenterhooks since the Sunday meeting and the Commander-in-Chief is expected to make changes anytime.
“A radio message was being awaited by everyone early this week. Of course Chief of Staff Land Force is the main attention but also other very senior positions,” another source in the army administration said.
Journalists have also learned that that besides the SIU and the CMI carrying out the investigations, a special team has been put in place by the Inspector General of Police; Gen. Kale Kayihura.