Crime & Investigation

‘Ambassador’s Aide’ Robs Chinese Investors of Shs1.8Bn In Fake Gold Scam

Katwe police division in an operation last week arrested two men who reportedly robbed 1.8 billion Uganda shillings from Chinese investors in Kampala.

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The suspects have been identified as Samora Kashaka, 28, a trader and resident of Lubowa, and Lawrence Mukasa alias Richard Lubega, 42, a resident of Buziga Uphill in Makindye division.

Lawrence Mukasa described himself as a personal assistant to Uganda’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Yahaya Semuddu, possibly to dupe the unsuspecting public.

Amb Ssemuddu told us that Mukasa “has never been my aide. I don’t know him. I have never met him and i don’t know how he looks like.”

Sources revealed to ChimpReports that the duo robbed the Chinese investors of the money at gunpoint with the help of some security personnel attached to an elite force.

It is said that before robbing them, the suspects first confiscated the investor’s mobile phones.

In a statement recorded by the Chinese investors (Names withheld), it was revealed that the suspects Kashaka and Mukasa sold to the Chinese fake gold but after payments, the two turned around and put the Chinese on gunpoint, before robbing them of everything they had.

Police later arraigned the suspects before the Makindye grade one Magistrates court and charged them with aggravated robbery.

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The magistrate Jude Okumu remanded the two to Luzira Prisons until 8th August 2019 when their case will come up for mentioning again.

Sources said that Lawrence Mukasa has been conning high profile persons around the country and intimidating them, claiming he works for Amb Ssemuddu.

It is said that Mukasa often bragged about having gold mines and that he partners with Ssemudu a ploy he has used to steal from unsuspecting victims.

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