Detectives of Uganda Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Directorate have questioned Internal Security Organisation (ISO) deputy director Taban Amin over an American investor’s Shs29bn ($8m) in gold deal.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni himself is said to have issued orders to CID to quiz Taban, son to former president Idi Amin Dada.
Taban’s appointment caused confusion after another person, Maj Emmy Katabazi, was ‘reportedly’ picked for the same position.
In October 2020, army spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso announced that “the new director general of ISO is Lt Col Charles Oluka and his deputy is Mr Taban Amin. Lt Katabazi was only promoted to a Maj.”
But senior presidential adviser on military matters Lt Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso also claimed “That person Katabazi was appointed by the Commander-in-Chief and he was also promoted. That is what I know because the letter passed through my office.”
Months since the confusion, Amin, who is not new to gold deals, is on the spot over alleged involvement in a scam.
CID spokesperson Charles Mansio Twine confirmed Amin’s interrogation at Kibuli.
The gold deal involves other security officials, including police officer Martin Bwayo, and ex-UPDF officer Lt Enoch Katwesigye, as well as lawyer Simon Peter Musangala.