The State House has denied authorizing the disposal of copper at Kirembe Mine. A letter purportedly issued by Dr. Kenneth Omona, the Principal Private Secretary to the President of Uganda, granting permission to Team Investment Limited to dispose of over 40,000 metric tons of copper cathodes from Kilembe Mines Limited, has been declared a forgery.
The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) pointed out that the forged letter contains numerous spelling errors. For example, the word “cathodes” is misspelled as “cathodess” in the letter. Additionally, the letter’s date of issuance, December 7, 2022, is inconsistent with the date of the letter from Team Investment Limited, which is dated November 15, 2022.
The PPU also noted that the letter falsely claims that the President has instructed the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, along with the Attorney General, to investigate the matter and collaborate with Team Investment Limited to ensure a proper and legitimate process is followed. Additionally, the letter falsely states that the government will be responsible for overseeing the collection of all revenues generated from the disposal process.
The PPU has called on the public to disregard the forged letter and to be wary of any other letters or documents that purport to be from the State House but that contain similar irregularities.
The PPU has also urged anyone who has been contacted by Team Investment Limited about the disposal of copper at Kirembe Mine to report the matter to the authorities.
The forgery of the letter is a serious matter that could have far-reaching consequences. It is important to be vigilant and to only trust information that comes from reliable sources.