KAMPALA — Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House revealed that her unit working with Uganda Police has arrested 19 conmen who have been impersonating State House staff.
Addressing reporters at her office in Kampala, Lt. Col. Nakalema who doubles as President Museveni military assistant said the conmen have been extorting money from members of the public while carrying forged identities of Anti-Corruption Unit of State House.
The 19 where arrested between 18th December and 13 February. She said these mainly targeted government agencies including Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda National Roads Authority and private businesses.
Lt. Col. Nakalema condemned all acts of impersonation and warned the public against the impersonators.
The Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigyire said two of the arrested impersonators have been convicted and sentenced.
He identified Robert Mpungu and Rogers Ainebyona as currently serving a one and four year jail term in Kitalya prison, respectively.
Oweyesigyire said they have been able to prosecute some of the cases because the victims have provided the required evidence and co-operated with Police investigations. Majority of the said impersonators were arrested in Kampala and majority are still in court.
The Anti-Corruption Unit was launched by the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to receive and act on complaints related to corruption.
Nakalema says the Anti-Corruption Unit has processed over 70,000 complaints in the last 2 years with a monetary recovery of up to 25 billion Shillings. The Unit has also caused investigation and trial of 259 personalities and ensured interdiction of 187 public servants, with 28 already convicted and sentenced.