Police in Jinja have arrested a man who has been operating a fake non-governmental organisation with branches in several districts in and around eastern Uganda with an ill-intention of defrauding people.
Jackson Odeke, 41, was today nabbed by detectives at CPS Jinja after a tip-off by their counterparts in Mbale district following several complaints from locals.
Odeke has been operating an NGO – Nations United for Development of Africa, in several districts of eastern Uganda including Jinja, Mbale, Sironko and Soroti among others.
Until today he has been on the police most wanted list after conning parents and other vulnerable people under the pretext of helping them by giving bursaries to their children, extending free farm inputs and construction of churches and houses for the poor on condition that they pay registration fee of Shs61,000 each.
Recently he opened up offices in Bugisu region purportedly to help coffee farmers with better seeds, and farm equipment at a registration fee of Shs61,000 each but he later closed them after conning several farmers there of Shs10m.
Gerald Shu and Prisca Musubila are some of the victims who have into the trap of Odeke and his group fraud antics and they narrated to us how they were conned.
“He promised to get us bursaries and our parents had to cough a about Shs400,000 for both of us to go and pursue diplomas in undisclosed vocational school in Kampala” Shu said.
Jinja RDC Peterkhen Locap wants Odeke to refund all the money he has defrauded people in the districts where he operates.
“One of the conditions the law must take is him to vomit every money he conned from the public and I urge members of the public with evidence of having paid some money to him to report to police” he said.
Jinja DPC Jamadah Wandera says Odeke is a serial conman who initially operated in Mukono district; he later relocated to Aria where he was once arrested on charges of fraud before he shifted to Jinja this year.
While at CPS Jinja the suspect denied being a conman, saying his aim is to help the poor and maintained that his organization is genuine and has helped many members of the public.