Says Uganda Has No Chem “Capability”

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[International: Uganda]

Please may I introduce myself.  I was the Operations Director for the Ugandan project which your article of 29th July “Uganda Acquired Chem Weapons: U.K. Official,” refers.  As Operations Director, I was responsible for operations and training, not contracts and finances.

First of all – your article is grossly misleading and completely inaccurate, in fact it is possibly libelous and personally damaging to me and Mr. Tobiasen.

We DO NOT DEAL IN CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR WEAPONS. We are a UK-based company, completely cleared by the UK government to supply equipment to many governments throughout the world, including Uganda.  All equipment supplied had full and complete UK Export Licenses, authorized by the Foreign Office and the UK Ministry of Defense.

The equipment supplied to the Ugandan Presidential Guard Brigade is designed to DETECT the presence of somebody/some group trying to use poisons or chemical/biological agents.  We supplied this excellent and widely used detection and protection equipment to protect Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and 52 members of Her Majesty’s Commonwealth Heads of Government during the November 2007 CHOGM Meeting held in Kampala.

I was personally in charge of operations and training for CHOGM so I know exactly what was sold and for what purpose.  The Ugandan Government have NO CAPAILITY to use Chemical or Biological weapons, neither would they want to.

Mr. Tobiasen has nothing to do with operations and was the Financial Director of the company which supplied this detection and protection equipment.  To refer to him as “Doctor Death” is both scandalous and libelous. No body in the Western World deals in Chemical or Biological weapons.  We are all part of the UN Weapons Convention and believe strongly in helping all governments over the world to counter the awful threat that some rogue governments currently pose.  We are regularly inspected by UK Government Officials (both the UK and Danish Governments have some of the strictest rules anywhere in the world).

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.  I would very much appreciate these facts being put straight in your, frankly, libelous article.

I cannot comment on the current court case against Mr. Tumukunde and Mr. Tobiasen. Please correct this damaging and grossly incorrect article.

Mr. Ian Day

Editor’s Note: The writer may be referring to an article in another newspaper. The article about Uganda and chmeical/biological weapons on did not name any company or make any reference to Mr. Ian Day.

The article discussed the court case against Mr. Tobiasen and his alleged accomplices. The article speaks for itself and information in Mr. Day’s letter, including the fact that his company supplied equipment to the notorious Ugandan Presidential Guard Brigade is news.

In the end, rather than providing answers, Mr. Day raises many new disturbing questions.



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