An Anglican priest in Namisindwa District has been arrested for allegedly extorting money from residents, claiming that he was working for Gen Salim Saleh.
Rev Gidonyi Kihonde of St. John Church of Uganda-Mara in Bubutu Sub-county, was arrested by police on Tuesday following a tip off by concerned residents that he, alongside others, were collecting money from residents under Umoja Ni Kaazi programme, which they claimed was for Gen Saleh.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Moses Wamoto Kigai, said the reverend was charging each person Shs90,000 as registration fees and the group had so far collected Shs8 million from residents.
“The suspect and his group have been using forged documents to con people. We will not allow this in this district. People want to get quick money by using other people’s names, which is very wrong,” he said.
“I have called everyone who was defrauded by these people to come and record statement to police,” he added.
Elgon Region Police spokesperson Robert Tukei confirmed the arrest and said investigations are ongoing.
“We have arrested the prime suspect and we are hunting for others, who are still on the run,” Mr Tukei said.
Mr Tukei said preliminary investigations indicate the suspect and others have been collecting money and sensitizing unsuspecting residents to form groups under the project so they can benefit in terms of getting heifers, goats and scholarships. The suspect is currently detained at the Lwakhakha Police station.