By Fred Kiva
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has issued a warning over a fake social media account being operated in the names of Lieutenant General Peter Elwelu, the Commander Land Forces.
The social media account has been used by alleged fraudsters in trying to con their unsuspecting victims. However UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire has asked the general public to disregard any information on the social media account which he says is fake.
“This is to inform all and sundry that there is no Facebook or Twitter account operated by Lt Gen Peter Elwelu. Any information originating from these accounts is fake and should be ignored,” Brig Karemire said in a warning sent out on Thursday.
The army spokesperson added, “Law enforcement agencies have meanwhile taken interest in the matter.”
Peter Elwelu is one of the recently promoted officers. Then Brigadier, Elwelu came to lime light in 2016 when he successfully led a security raid on the Buhikira Palace of Rwenzururu King (Omusinga wa Rwenzururu), Charles Wesley Mumbere leading to the King’s arrest and eventual court prosecution over his alleged role in the attacks on security installations in Kasese district then.
Meanwhile some facebook users have commended the UPDF for bringing up the issue, claiming to have received Facebook friend requests from the same suspicious account of recent.
“Finally, you've brought this matter to light. I have seen a request purportedly from that account and suspected it was a scammer, I trusted my instinct. I sent to that person a warning message inbox and next minute the friend request was cancelled,” said one Moses Tokwiny.