According to Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti Corruption Unit, the group was arrested between 8th December 2020 and 13th February 2021.
The Anti-Corruption Unit of State House has arrested up to 19 people for masquerading as officers to distort money from members of the public.
According to Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House
Anti-Corruption Unit, the group was arrested between 8th December 2020 and 13th February 2021. She disclosed that many were found in possession of fake identification cards representing them as officers.
“The impersonators pose as investigators or army officials working with the unit, mobilisers or principal private secretaries to the President and target high ranking officials in organisations like Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA, Uganda National Roads Authority and Ministry of Works among others,” Nakalema said.
“They extort money from individuals under investigation promising that they shall make their cases disappear or help them win cases that have been taken to court or that they shall expedite the process.”
The Anti-Corruption head indicated that one of the victims is a headteacher in Lango who an impersonator got money from promising to help with the investigations.
Nakalema noted that this together with other similar scandals prove that impersonation cases continue to rise daily.
As a result, she called on the general public to be alert to avoid falling trap of these men and women. Nakalema however, promised that they are doing everything possible to ensure they trap all individuals working as conmen.
“These conmen/ ‘bafere’ continue to dupe the public by impersonating as staff of the unit, to desist from the practice else, the long arm of the law will catch up with them. Our office has zero tolerance to such fraud,” she indicated.
“In the recent past, over 19 complaints of conmen/ ’bafere’ have been reported from across the country. Some of these conmen have been arrested with the help of Uganda Police Force and are before courts of law.”
Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the Buganda Road Court has already issued a warrant of arrest for Pastor Mondo Mugisha who is currently on the run outside the country.
Mondo is battling 53 counts related to obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to commit a felony. The accused allegedly conned pastors and private school directors over UGX 4 billion.
Another suspect, Rogers Ainebyona was Friday sentenced by the KCCA Magistrates Court to Kitalya Prison for Four (4) years. He had been charged with impersonating as a State House official and uttering false documents.