Kamapala — Uganda is reviewing its security organs after the expulsion earlier this month of a Sudanese diplomat in Kampala caught in a sting operation as he paid money to a Ugandan security official for classified information, the regional weekly newspaper The East African, reported.
Jad-el-Seed Mohammed Elhag, a "Foreign Service Officer" who is also said to have been a security liaison at the Sudanese embassy was declared persona non grata and given 24 hours by Uganda's foreign ministry to leave the country.
A spokesperson for the foreign ministry, Tayebwa Katureebe, said the diplomat had been expelled because: "The activities he was involved in were beyond the norms and requirements of his tenure."
Ugandan security had reportedly been monitoring the movements of the Sudanese diplomat before setting him up and "catching him red handed" as he tried to pay money to a Ugandan agent in return for classified information.
According to the newspaper, quoting anonymous sources in Ugandan intelligence, Elhag, had orchestrated an operation that had infiltrated Uganda's external intelligence.
The sources said the Sudanese espionage operation was "potentially one of the largest intelligence leaks" in Uganda.
An officer in Uganda's external security agency was last week charged in court for selling the classified intel.
In comments published in a Ugandan newspaper, Adil Sharfi, Sudan's Ambassador to Uganda denied his diplomat had been expelled saying the diplomat had been recalled by his government.
Uganda said the incident would not affect bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Sudanese government has long said that the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) rebel groups which seek to overthrow the regime of president Omer Al-Bashir are based in Uganda and that some of their elements are supported by the Ugandan army.
In an interview with Sudan Tribune in July, Uganda's minister of State for International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, dismissed Sudan's accusations as "rubbish' and instead accused Khartoum of supporting the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).
Uganda and Sudan have a long history of accusing each other of supporting rebels hostile to one another.
This month Bashir and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni held a rare meeting on the sidelines of a special summit for the African head of states and governments in Addis Ababa.
Khartoum said that the meeting, which was held at the request of the Kampala, discussed bilateral relations, saying that "Museveni stressed his country's strong commitment not to support the Sudanese opposition".
The Sudanese foreign ministry further said that during the "friendly and frank meeting", Bashir provided Museveni with strong information stressing that Ugandan president seemed more responsive than past times.