Businessman Remanded to Luzira prison for alleged impersonation and attempted electronic fraud

Businessman Andrew Mark Asiimwe. PHOTO/COURTESY

Businessman Andrew Mark Asiimwe has been remanded to Luzira prison by the Standard, Utilities, and Wildlife Court in Kampala on charges of alleged impersonation and attempted electronic fraud. Asiimwe, who resides in Bwera, Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council in Kasese district, appeared before Grade One Magistrate Sanura Nambozo yesterday.

According to court records, between January 2023 and July 2023 in Kampala and Kasese districts, Asiimwe assumed the false identity of Balaam Barugahara Ateenyi and attempted to defraud John Twinomugisha. He deceived Twinomugisha by soliciting money for a fictitious project called the MK Girl Child, claiming it was associated with the MK Movement, a pressure group supporting the potential presidency of Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

The court also learned that Asiimwe tried to obtain 49,000 pounds from Twinomugisha through electronic communication.

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Initially, Asiimwe denied the charges but later changed his plea to guilty after the charges were restated to him. He raised his arm, seeking forgiveness from Barugahara, and cited financial difficulties as the motive behind his criminal activities.

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