By ROBERT KAMUKAMA
KAMPALA, Uganda SHIFTMEDIA- The new year (2022) begun on a good note for some Ugandan fraudsters who took advantage of the US imposed sanctions on Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho to reap quick cash.
But it may soon end sadly after the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) vowed to crack the whip by having the scammers arrested.
In a press statement issues on Tuesday January 4 2022, the UPDF warned that fraudsters were obtaining money from friends of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence chief to bail him out of the US sanctions.
The UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Flavia Byekwaso confirmed the army had already recorded two cases of such fraudsters.
“This is to draw the attention of the general public to an ongoing scam by unscrupulous fraudsters claiming to be mobilizing financial support to bail out the CMI boss Maj. Gen. Kandiho in the wake of unquestionable sanctions put to him by the US,” said Byekwaso.
She said that two such cases have so far been registered and are under forensic investigations. “The two fraudsters have allegedly obtained money by false pretenses from unsuspecting friends of Maj. Gen. Kandiho and members of the public,” the statement indicated.
Byekwaso warned the public of the fraudsters and encouraged them to report any such further attempts by the said scammers to security as soon as they suspect any.
Maj Gen Kandiho slapped with sanctions
The US in December 2021, slapped Abel Kandiho with sanctions over what it described as serious humanitarian abuse.
Kandiho was accused by the US of arresting, detaining, and physically abusing persons in Uganda.
He and 14 others are also facing similar sanctions that include denial to enter the United States of America as well freezing of all his assets and other financial sanctions.