State House warns of extortionists

Tuesday August 13 2019



Unit boss. Lt Col Edith Nakalema . File photo

Unit boss. Lt Col Edith Nakalema . File photo 

By JALIRA NAMYALO

State House has warned the public against people disguising as officials from State House Anti-Corruption Unit investigating cases to extort money from them.

“We strongly advise the public against dealing with anyone purporting to be a State House Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) staff.

All ACU staff carry documented identification and as is our procedure, will never request for money or services on behalf of the unit,” the unit said in a press statement yesterday.

According to the statement, several impersonators have been arrested, charged and others remanded. The ACU has been working with various law enforcement agencies to fight such incidents.

Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the unit, asked the public to report any suspicious incidents through their agencies.
The statement comes after five cases involving seven people have been reported and suspects arraigned in court.

Arrests
Last week, the unit arrested Mr James Bahangana, who was charged with impersonation as an employee of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit .

Mr Bihangana, who heads operations and investigations with BMS Investigations Agency Ltd, was remanded to Luzira until August 22 after being denied bail.

Prosecution alleges that between February and July this year at Tirupati Mazima Mall, Nsambya in Kampala, the suspect falsely represented himself to Ali Kasumbakali, to be an investigator attached to ACU, and assumed to hire a car from the said Kasumbakali purportedly for operations and investigations of the unit, which was false.

In another case, officers attached to Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Pte Abraham Odot, Pte Andrew Onapito and a civilian, Mike Adoko, were charged before a Division Court Martial at Acholi B and they have since been remanded.

Other suspects are two businessmen based in Jinja, Mubaraka Bulo a businessman of Iganga and Kasim Lusibu, a mobile money agent of Kianyama in Jinja, were charged with offences of obtaining money by false pretence and impersonation.

jnamyalo@ug.nationmedia.com

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