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Ministry of Internal Affairs boss arrested by CMI

by Odongo Christopher

Minister of security Elly Tumwine

The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) has on Friday arrested the acting commissioner legal at ministry of Unternal Affairs for unknown reasons.

The senior officer has been identified as Ronald Obel and was arrested barely a month after he took over the office from Josephine Ali Ekwanga, the acting head of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control.

Last month, there a reshuffle at the ministry of internal affairs after three senior officials were interdicted on allegations of being at the centre of a sh2.3b deal.

The officers were interdicted for the deal which  would have potentially scuttled a supposed plan to revamp Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation so that it prints all security documents.

It is said that Obel was picked by security operatives suspected to be from CMI after lunch. It yet unclear the exact reason for the arrest but according to the sources, Obel allegedly solicited for a bribe from a unidentified Pakistan investor who runs a factory in Namanve Industrial Park, in Mukono district.

The source added that the Pakistan national once stormed the internal affairs ministry, complaining that Obel allegedly conned him and was frustrating his work by refusing to sort out his issue.

“We are not sure about the issues the man was talking about. We are not aware about the deals between Obel and investor,” the source said.

It is said that the furious investor shouted on top of his voice scaring everyone at the ministry who did not know about the deal.

“We got concerned after CMI arrived and were taking him away,” the source said.

The source added that Obel was detained at CMI headquarters in Mbuya, a city suburb. It is alleged that the investor is a business partner of a top military general (name withheld) and that the latter could have ordered for his arrest and investigation.

However, the source added that Obel’s arrest could have been done to tarnish his reputation so that he is not appointed permanently as the commissioner legal.

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