Over six senior security officers from the army and the Uganda Police Force have been arrested and detained at the Special Investigations Directorate over claims of espionage. The arrested officers include Lt Phillip Ankunda, a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) pilot and assistant superintendent of Police Benon Akandwanaho, a community liaison officer for Kiira Division Police Station.
The officers were arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) between May 2-10 in an operation, according to sources privy to the arrest .
CMI is investigating claims that the officers shared classified information relating to their operations with sources who in turn shared it with intelligence from a neighbouring country.
Army spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire confirmed Ankunda and others had been arrested but declined to give details.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango declined to comment on the matter and instead referred us to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga. Our efforts to talk to Enanga were futile as he did not answer media calls.
However, a security source who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that CMI operatives had searched the homes of the arrested officers, although it was not clear whether they had picked anything pinning them.