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Tank purchase questioned

The ‘New Vision’ reported yesterday growing corruption concerns over the recent purchase of more than 60 T-55 tanks through an Israeli arms dealer. About 10 of the Soviet-era tanks are already grounded. A mechanical engineer from the ministry of works who inspected the tanks in eastern Europe reportedly refused to issue a certificate of worthiness. There are also concerns that the tanks were heavily overvalued. Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni has accepted the resignation of Minister of State for Finance Matthew Rukikaire and is committed to investigate all senior officials named in a hard-hitting parliamentary report on corruption in the privatisation programme, Ugandan state radio reported today.

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