UGANDA: Museveni’s security operatives strike again – 2 Europeans dead over another fake arms deal
CHANGE OF GUARDS – Stealing, extortion, and outright robbery from the so called foreign investors is the order of the day by the Museveni regime security entrepreneurs.
In 2016 a group of army officers conspired with well connected civilians in a racket to defraud a Polish company of millions of Euros. Claiming to be Uganda’s Ministry of Defence contractors, they deceived an arms company BMP Poland SP that the government of Uganda intended to procure a large cache of arms worth Euro 71m. In September 2016 Mr. Celler Marek the CEO of BMP Poland travelled to Uganda to effect the deal. He was ushered into the Ministry of Defence and Army Headquarters boardroom by the army’s Cap. Ronald Muhoozi an Aide to Museveni’s brother Gen. Saleh and a one Sam Simbwa of Prima Investments who negotiated the deal.
With some of the conmen dressed in army fatigue a deal was concluded whereby a down payment of Euro 7,000 was paid by BMP Poland purportedly to handle bidding documents. Prima Investments was given powers of attorney by BMP Poland. Upon return to Poland, BMP Poland wired Euro 500,000 to the Prima Investments account in Equity Bank purportedly to cover bond security for the deal. After withdrawing the said money, Prima Investments cut off all forms of communication with BMP Poland.
When the matter came to light mid last year (2017), Capt. Muhoozi and Simbwa were arrested but Brig. Leo Kyanda who was then Chief of Staff of the Land Forces and was highly implicated was instead suspended, sent on course abroad and is now redeployed. The Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and External Security Officers were reported to have even traveled to Poland for inquiries. The matter was swept under the carpet and Ugandans will never know what transpired.
On 5th February 2018, a Finish national Terasvouri Toumas Juha Patteri (42) arrived at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. He presented a letter of invitation by the Director General (DG) of Internal Security Organization (ISO) for a business visit. Upon calling the DG, the DG denied knowledge of such a visitor and even dispatched a team to the airport led by the Director of Operations, Joel Agaba for further inquiries. In the meantime, a certain Apollo Kyabagye of ISO’s Economic Monitoring Unit had appeared at the airport in the company of a one Carol Arinda, Faridah Nagayi and a certain policeman to pick the guest but upon realising that he was being questioned, they melted away.
Toumas Juha Petteri owned a small management consultancy firm called TTCG and was also involved in other business ventures that provided security and guard services. He had been granted permission by a Finish Ministry of Defence contractor, Patria to come to Uganda to market its military hardware and defence technology to the government of Uganda. He had sometime back met Faridah Nagayi in Dubai and the two had become friends. It is the same Faridah who contacted her Friend Carol Arinda for connection with the security agencies.
Arinda contacted Apollo Kyabagye (Byabagye) who suggested that Toumas Juha Petteri formally writes to the Director General of ISO. After a series of purported communications, Juha took a flight to Uganda after convincing Patria Land business unit who in turn granted permission and samples of some of its defence technology products for the marketing in Kampala. However, the Finish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Arms Control Unit said that Finland was not reviewing any arms deals in Uganda.
From Entebbe Airport, Toumas Juha was driven to the capital Kampala for further inquiries into the suspected forgery of the said invitation letters and Carol Arinda was immediately arrested. The victim was driven under heavy escort to the nearby Pearl of Africa Hotel where he had already been booked a room together with his girlfriend, Faridah Nagayi who left shortly leaving him alone. The following morning it was reported that Faridah Nagayi upon returning to the same hotel room found Toumas Juha dead. The post-mortem report has found no evidence of murder so far and the results from the toxicologist for possible poisoning are not yet out.
Uganda’s military intelligence (CMI) and ISO are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. Apollo Kyabagye, Carol Arinda, Faridah Nagayi and her brother Musa Didi are already in their custody. The DG- ISO has dismissed the allegations that he invited and met the victim as “trash”. A former Minister of Communication and member of the main National Coalition Party, Suvi Linden who had previously collaborated with the deceased in other business projects had also flown into the country for the same mission but had stayed in a different hotel.
On the other hand, the police which is supposed to be the lead investigating agency is crying foul over alleged lack of cooperation from its sister security agencies. Uganda’s security agencies are at loggerheads over power, influence and control of huge security budgets. The disharmony has reached a level where it is disastrously hurting national security. In this particular incident the Police is chest stamping over alleged ISO’s role in the fake invitation into Uganda and subsequent death of the said Finish national. With the aim of discrediting ISO, the police has been indirectly releasing its preliminary findings through the government owned New Vision newspaper. The other aggrieved security agencies (ISO and CMI) have today kidnapped the New Vision reporter and police chief’s close friend Charles Etukuri who has been authoring the stories.
The other agencies have also opted to hit back through a well orchestrated propaganda mechanism. Using State House mouthpiece Soft Power News of Sarah Kagingo, they are linking the murder to the police and its alleged Rwanda backers. It singles out the embattled police chief Gen. Kalekyezi as having dispatched his Flying Squad’s Herbert Muhandi to Kigali to represent him in a high-profile meeting that allegedly discussed and agreed on modalities of destabilising the Museveni regime through political assassinations of top security officers. It goes ahead to point out that Rwanda sent its secret service agent a one Clement Wahuma who sneaked into the country and stayed at the Sheraton Hotel where another Swedish national Alexis Sebastian was found dead the same day.
Ugandans shouldn’t expect to get any conclusive report on this incident because it is not an isolated one. What happened to the fake Polish arms deal of 2016???? Given the disharmony amongst security agencies, any version of this incident is unlikely to be the truth. However, whether he was murdered or died of natural causes, what is clear is that some members of the security forces were involved in luring their victim to die in Kampala.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANTLY “HITTING ON THE HEAD” IS THE WAY TO GO