After several years out of cabinet service having swindled close to $3.6 million meant for the GAVI funds, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi who is now the security Minister is back in a different version.
Renowned for his addiction to dirty dealings with foreign investors and bandits, Muhwezi is said to be the major face behind the Russian firm which has been mandated to install trackers in the vehicles of Ugandans. The deal was reached on July 15 after the Minister tactically dispatched his delegation to engage the Russians at a meeting that took place at Fairway hotel in Kampala. The two parties signed an MoU in which the Minister Jim Muhwezi was to walk away with 60% of the profits while the Russian firm would take 30% and Gen. Saleh walks off with 10% on the deal. This is said to be the major reason why the Minister is hell bent on seeing that the contract is not cancelled despite arising concerns that the dubious Russian firm is even bankrupt.
Scandals of the Russian firm
Joint Stock Company Global Security was sued by LLC “Rus Prom-Technologies”, another Russian company that wanted it declared bankrupt. The case was filed in the Arbitration Court of City of Moscow on September 17th 2020 and accepted on October 20th 2021.
“On September 17, 2020, the Moscow Arbitration Court received an application from Rus-Prom-Technology on the recognition as insolvent (bankrupt) of JSC Global Security,” a ruling by the Arbitration Court of City of Moscow dated 20th October 2020 says. “Having considered the received application and the documents attached to it, the court considers them sufficient for the acceptance of the application for hearing.
Global Security has also been sued by Limited Liability Partnership “Orken Alem” for a debt of 8.5 million rubles and Gu Main Department of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation for failure to pay 10,000 rubles (about $135) and 455,00 rubles (about $600). All these cases were filed between 2019 and July 2021.
After eyeing a lucrative deal in Uganda, the company registered again on the 10th of this month as a Small Medium Enterprise (SME) in Russia. Meanwhile, the tech company doesn’t even own a digital website.
On Friday, Uganda signed a contract with Joint Stock Global Security Company to provide digital trackers to all vehicles in the country.