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The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces has suspended one of its senior officers, Colonel Felix Kulayigye over his alleged involvement in a gold scandal.

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces--UPDF--has suspended one of its senior officers, Colonel  Felix Kulayigye over his alleged involvement in a gold scandal.

The UPDF spokesman Paddy Ankunda says Kulayigye has been suspended from the office of Chief Political Commissar.

Ankunda tweeted Wednesday evening that he had received many calls about the fate of  Colonel Kulayigye adding that he has been suspended pending further inquiries about his conduct in the issue of gold business.

Ankunda however notes that the suspension will only affect his office as chief political commissar and not as representative of the UPDF in parliament. 

"However, Colonel Kulayigye remains in parliament as a UPDF representative despite the suspension" Ankuda stated.
Kulayigye, himself a former army spokesperson, is one of the 10 officers representing UPDF in the 10th Parliament.

Ankunda states that Kulayigye's suspension will hold until matters related to his involvement are fully investigated.

In June this year, Col Kulayigye's name came onto the spotlight when he allegedly kidnapped employees of Matrich Holdings Limited, a private company and ransacked its premises after a gold transaction went bad. 
Matrich Holdings Limited deals in minerals. Richard Kamugisha, the managing director of the company accused Kulayigye of kidnapping company staff and looting its property. 


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.