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Why are we easy targets of fraudsters?

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By Emilian Kayima

Posted  Friday, February 28  2014 at  09:22

In Summary

First, does the criminal justice system administer punishments which are punitive enough to deter further abuse? Second, do those who lose monies ever get it back through the same justice system? Third, do we ever anticipate the consequences to the victims beyond losing money and property?

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Recently, several clients of Hossana Real Estate may have lost money in suspected bogus land deals. As the police were investigating this case, another story of pyramids was doing rounds in the press (similar to past failed schemes such as Dutch International). Many Ugandans have been robbed by various pyramid companies. The question is, why are Ugandans easy targets of fraudsters?

First, does the criminal justice system administer punishments which are punitive enough to deter further abuse? Second, do those who lose monies ever get it back through the same justice system? Third, do we ever anticipate the consequences to the victims beyond losing money and property?

But also, where do the fraudsters put all these billions of shillings? Would they not easily sponsor terror activities or engage in illicit trade either to make more money or to cover up their criminal acts?

It is important that the justice system acts decisively on those robbing Ugandans in dubious deals. We must appreciate the law and look to it for justice for all.
Realistically, if people continue to lose money in such shoddy deals, the victims may one day choose to take the law into their hands and lynch their suspected tormentors. This further complicates matters by putting the lives and livelihoods of those involved in more danger.

The Uganda Police Force remains focused to serving Ugandans in a manner that represents and respects the law. We must be empowered and strive to empower others in matters of the law.

Therefore, the long-term remedy lies in education of children. Educated people who are also cultured and modest will never settle for less in life. They are difficult to intimidate but easy to govern. Parents must be reminded that the best inheritance they can give to their children is quality education, which sets good ground for a safer tomorrow for all of us.

Much as some educated people are also cheated or even engage in fraud, they largely appreciate the road that leads them to safety in seeking justice and protection. Is it not imperative for all Ugandans to appreciate the laws of the land? How about teaching the law right from lower secondary school level? Ugandans must learn to become hard targets by wading off all potential fraudsters around them.