By Spy Uganda
Pastor Sirajje Semanda of Revival Church Bombo and lawyer Arinaitwe Jimmy have been convicted and sentenced to two and half years in prison for defrauding over Ugx4billion from poor Ugandans.
Court also ordered the duo to cough Ugx405m as fine.
According to court documents, the duo defrauded over 400 private school owners and parents of vulnerable children over UGX4bn.
The convicts used their Organization Hands Across the World Initiative to defraud over 5,000 victims promising to get them scholarships, trips abroad & connections to Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) which was not true.
These were arrested by State House Anti Corruption Unit on November 15, 2020. They first appeared before the Luwero Grade One Magistrate John Paul Obuya on November 17, 2020, where they were charged with obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 305 of the Penal Code Act and conspiracy to defraud, contrary to section 309 of the same act.
However, their case was later transferred to Buganda Road Court in Kampala which kicked them into jail this week.
The State House Anti Corruption Unit (SH-ACU) in one year, 2022, managed to recover Ugx35.484bn from corruption masters of this country, annual report revealed.
The Unit also managed to arrest and arraign in court over 448 suspects. Among these, courts convicted 70 culprits including government accounting Officers, Executive Officers, managing directors, Secretaries of Commission, CAOs, and Town Clerks.
SH-ACU was established under Article 99(4) of the constitution of Uganda, which gives the President executive powers to either directly or indirectly perform his duties or through officers subordinate to him.
Launched on 10th December 2018, SH-ACU coordinates with all constitutionally mandated agencies to ensure corruption free country.
The Unit also acts as a link between H.E. the President, citizens, and Anti- Corruption agencies in relation to Anti-Corruption issues.