Police, together with the Directorate of Citizenship and Control Immigration (DCIC) which is responsible for issuing passports and travel documents, granting and cancelling work permits under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, have arrested two suspects who were found with several forged documents, seals and stamps of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Banks, Universities and other institutions.
The DCIC Director Maj Gen Apollo Kasita told reporters at Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kampala today that three accountant officers belonging to Ministry of Internal Affairs were also arrested over their involvement in the scam bringing the total number of arrests to five.
The arrested persons pretended to be agents and dealers of the ministry and severally conned various members of the public.
Kasita therefore cautioned public against dealing with masqueraders.
“The public should note that DCIC does not work with agents or dealers. All forged documents including forged payment receipts and verification printouts submitted to support all applicants for our services shall be confiscated and subjected to investigations by the police”
“As a result, we have come out to inform the public and strongly advise them be extra vigilant to avoid falling victim to such unauthorized agents,” he said
Kasita further warned the public against seeking services from the unscrupulous individuals in the processing and payment of fees for Ministry’s services.
He noted that it is a serious crime under the Immigration and Penal Code Acts to misrepresent oneself by making false statements or submitting false documents when dealing with a DCIC official.
“Any application found to be forged will be rejected and the applicant will face serious consequences such as permanent record of fraud in DCIC data base, revocation of citizenship status, charged in courts of law and deported if one happens to be a foreigner”
The Ministry’s spokesperson Jacob Simunyo displayed some of the forged confiscated documents which included passports, visas, Bank statements, immunization cards (yellow fever cards), stamps, seals among others.
Various stamps and seals were also recovered from Nasser Road in Kampala during the search and arrest of the suspects.
The impounded items belonged to a long list of organizations and institutions such as UNBS, DFCU Bank, KCCA, NIRA, UNEB, Police, DRC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stanbic Bank, KIU, World Food Program, Visa stickers for Canada, South Africa, Iraq, UK, Turkey, China among others.