A man who was impersonating an officer from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has been denied bail.
The accused James Bihangana, 38, a Head of Operations and Investigations with BMS Investigations Agency Ltd, appeared at Anti-Corruption Court in session before magistrate Sarah Namusobya and denied charges of personating a public officer
Upon denying the charges, Mr Bihangana through his lawyer, Mr Mark Kamanzi, as well applied for bail and presented two sureties as guarantee that he would not abscond from court.
However, his bail was contested by the state prosecutor, Ms Adrian Atusigwire that the sureties who claimed to be just friends to the accused could not influence his return to court.
“Whereas the accused has a right to apply for bail, this is at the discretion of court. Court is disinclined to grant bail because the sureties do not have any form of control on the accused,” Ms Namusobya held.
The trial magistrate as well adjourned the matter to August 22, for mention.
Prosecution contends that Mr Bihangana between February and July, 2019 at Tirupati Mazima Mall, Nsambya, in the Kampala the accused falsely represented himself to Ali Kasumbakali, to be an investigator attached to State House Anti-corruption Unit, and assumed to hire Motor Vehicle registration no. UBE 123N from the said Kasumbakali purportedly for operations and Investigations of the State House Anti-corruption Unit, which was false.