UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | Three men have been charged with impersonating State House employees and defrauding Annet Namusisi.
The suspects, Moses Musamba Soikya, James Tumushabe, and Silas Serwanga Serwani, were arrested by the police on June 23, 2023.
They appeared before senior magistrate grade one Edgar Karakire at City Hall Court, where they denied the charges of impersonation.
The accused individuals are facing charges of impersonation, as stated in Section 381 (1) of the Penal Code Act. If convicted, they could face a jail term of up to seven years.
The defendants were represented by counsel Deus Byamugisha Barusya, who requested bail for his clients, emphasising that the offence they were charged with is bailable.
The magistrate granted non-cash bail of five million shillings for each accused person, considering the substantial sureties presented by their defence.
The prosecution alleges that the accused persons, along with others who are still at large, falsely portrayed themselves as State House employees between June 13 and 23, 2023, at the Embassy House in Kampala.
They deceived Annet Namusisi with the intent to defraud her. The police apprehended the trio while they were in a meeting with a family involved in a land dispute.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit (SHACU) revealed that the accused individuals, along with the fugitive Maj. (Rtd) Jimmy Katende, have been posing as State House employees to mediate land conflicts for their gain.
The accused allegedly used letters with the Office of the President’s letterhead, despite previous warnings from the Head of the Land Department to cease their actions.
The accused individuals have been granted bail, and the case will proceed with further legal proceedings. The charges of impersonation, if proven, carry severe penalties.
As investigations continue and additional evidence is presented, the court will assess the culpability of the accused and decide based on the evidence provided.
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