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Man Charged for Helping Rwandan Woman Get Ugandan ID

Kisoro grade one magistrates court on Monday charged and granted bail to a Kabale based businessman who is accused of aiding a Rwandan national to get a Ugandan national identity card.

Denis Tukamushaba alias Chicharito, the Proprietor of Eagle Tours and Travel was charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and released on bail.

Tukamushaba was on Wednesday last week arrested from Kabale town by security operatives.

His arrest came after a female Rwandan national he allegedly helped secure a National Identity card, Josian Uwimana, 26, was arrested at Bunagana in Kisoro district while processing a passport to exit Uganda.

Upon interrogation, Uwimana revealed that she was helped by Tukamushaba to obtain a Ugandan National identity card. Uwimana, who is said to be a wife to a Security Officer in Rwanda, was working as a waitress at Mist Bar and Lounge in Kabale before she relocated to Bunagana.

Rwandan national Josian Uwimana at court

Appearing before Kisoro grade one magistrate court presided over by Rapheal Vueni on Monday, Tukamushaba was charged with conspiracy to commit felony contrary to Section 390 of the penal code act.

Court heard from the prosecution that between April and May 2019, Tukamushaba connived with Edgar Ensinikweri, a National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) official attached to Kabale branch and helped Uwimana to acquire a Ugandan national identity card number CF941221004USG yet she is a Rwandan national.

But when charges were read to him, Tukamushaba pleaded not guilty.

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Court also charged Uwimana with falsifying information contrary to Section 53 of Registration of Passports Act 2015.

Court heard that Uwimana knowingly gave false information to NIRA that her names are Joselyn Ankunda, a resident of Kayebe village, Kigara parish, Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga district to acquire a Ugandan national identity card. Uwimana also used the same to acquire a Ugandan passport number A0022001.

She pleaded guilty to the charges.

Tukamushaba, through his lawyers of Mutungi and Company Advocates and Bruno Kukundankwe Beitwenda of Beitwenda & Co. Advocates applied for bail and presented Stephen Mbabazi and Bosco Arineitwe as sureties.

Vueni granted Tukamushaba a cash bail of 300,000 shillings while his two sureties each was bonded 1 million shillings not cash, while Uwimana was remanded to Kisoro prison till 20th April 2020 for further mention.

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