UPDF Clears Kulayigye over Gold Scam
By Serestino Tusingwire
Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has lifted the suspension of Col Felix Kulayigye that was triggered by his alleged involvement in a botched gold scandal.
Kulayigye was suspended by the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala in August over his alleged involvement in the Shs200million bad gold deal.
He was suspected to have ordered an armed raid on the offices of a city gold dealer, who had a misunderstanding with one of his relatives.
A committee of inquiry which was appointed by CDF to investigate into the matter found out that Kulayigye was non-guilty of any crime.
Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, UPDF’s spokesperson, confirmed that Kulayigye’s suspension was lifted on the grounds that the complainant had lost interest.
“True, his suspension was lifted after the complainants lost interest in the case. He is now free to resume to his duties,” Lt Col Ankunda said.
Allegations claimed that in June this year, gold dealer Kamugisha, engaged in a transaction with Kulayigye’s niece Brenda Birungi and another Congolese national.
The transaction of 2kgs of gold valued at $60,000 or Shs2000m ended badly when Birungi felt cheated by the Congolese with help of Komugisha’s company.
Birungi reportedly took the matter to her uncle Kulayigye who is also an army Member of Parliament.
According to Kamugisha, Kulayigye reacted by invading his premises, beating his employees and kidnapping them, grabbing cash and other precious items.
Kulayigye however denied the claims saying he advised his niece to report the matter to police who indeed carried out the operation.