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Tour operator remanded for defrauding American of Shs 74m

Suspect: Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

Suspect: Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa

Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court has remanded Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa, the managing director of Mushra Tourism Agency to Luzira prison for allegedly obtaining money by false pretense from an American tourist, Wendy Payne.  

It is alleged that Mugerwa obtained $17,949 (about Shs 74 million) from Payne which was meant to cater for a two-day family trip to Queen Elizabeth national park in October 2018.

Wendy is said to have given Mugerwa the money to arrange for air travel for her family to Queen Elizabeth, but surprisingly, he reportedly hired a car which took them by road. The suspect allegedly later abandoned the tourists in the middle of the park.   

Mugerwa who appeared in court on Monday afternoon pleaded not guilty to the charges read against him. He asked court presided by Grade One magistrate Fiona Angura to be released on bail - citing that he has spent nine days in police cells before being produced in court.

Mugerwa also argued that he is a family man who has got responsibility of looking after his school-going children and is also the one taking care of his ailing mother. 

He presented three sureties who had local council letters and national identification cards. The three include; his wife Halima Nagawa, resident of Lubowa, Badru Bigirwa a resident of Bukoto and Ainamani Mirian Mugerwa a resident Mutungo. 

However state prosecutor Justine Nakawuzi said that the value of the subject matter before court is high and thus the matter needed to be exercised with due diligence. Nakawuzi thus asked for a day to look through the local council letters presented by the sureties. 

Trouble for the accused person started when the tourist alerted Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) that she has had been defrauded by Mugerwa.

Mugerwa was later arrested by the tourism police detectives. The spokesperson of UTB Sandra Natukunda said that such unpalatable activities continue by tourism operators affect the tourism sector.

"Tourism itself grows depending on the perceptions tourists have of a country. If tourists come to the country and find out that they are fleeced or the contracts that they pay for are not fulfilled, they take money out of the country. He [Mugerwa] is literally taking money out of pockets of very many Ugandans, leave alone making the image of the country look bad. He actually takes money out of the country. As you know by now tourism is the number one foreign exchange earner." Natukunda said.

The suspect will return to court on February 11.

Comments

+2 #1 Lakwena 2019-02-05 13:58
Jesus!

Given his katoogo names, the Michael Ahabwe Mugerwa of this country are the people who make Uganda the second most corrupt country in East Africa.

In other words, the beauty of a country is in the honesty of its leaders and citizens, not fake wealth born out of corruption (grabbing).

At Ahebwa's rate, who can trust a Ugandan?

However beautiful or wonderful we think Uganda is, which tourist would like to come to Uganda only to be ripped off?

Unless we get our country back from thugs, the situation is so hopeless and heart breaking.
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+1 #2 Mubiru 2019-02-05 16:51
Well "spoken" Lakwena. Katogo names really.

These are the chameleons of Uganda, changing colours (read names) to suit their evil deeds.

They belong to no tribe but call themselves any of the names claimed by the suspect depending on circumstances.

If they want to grab Buganda land, they pick the Baganda names by claiming to be Baganda being disposed of their Bibanja.. If they go for job interview where nearly 98% of interviewers come from the West Ahebwa serves them well.

No wonder this man is a "suspect"in cases involving millions. While many of us struggle to buy mukene, these people eat like hyenas on free money they get and no wonder they develop bellies as if they are about to produce children due to over eating and daily consumption of any type of liquor.
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0 #3 rubangakene 2019-02-05 21:48
What do you think; it runs in the family, everyone is at this game. As they; "Like father, like son."
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-1 #4 Wainainchi 2019-02-06 01:25
This is our amazing Uganda and Uganda thieves on every corner .Where is Museveni now to be blamed?

Ugandans look yourselves in mirror and then write! Shame for Uganda society.

Bank if Uganda thieves, civil servants thief's, business people thieves,police thieves,Uganda citizens killers and thieves....and Museveni to blame????

President Museveni please I triduce tougher laws and out immediately all mutate behind the bars.

Please put those things to do public works wherever needed in Uganda,to do construction works,clearing land,waterways,dams,quorries,maintain roads,cannaks,dams,we want to see prison uniforms and Girard's all over Uganda to make Uganda better place and to reform those criminals to be good and useful citizens if Uganda.

Please act now Mr President!!
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0 #5 Amooti Mugi 2019-02-06 07:25
Professor James Watson's scientific findings - seem to actually be playing out /corroborated by such things!!!!

Watson is the man who discovered the DNA in the 1950's
. Could predisposition to theft be imbedded in the DNA of blacks!!! Opinion only in askance.8x
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-02-06 10:23
Quoting Wainainchi:
This is our amazing Uganda and Uganda thieves on every corner .Where is Museveni now to be blamed? ...

Bank if Uganda thieves, civil servants thief's, business people thieves,police thieves,Uganda citizens killers and thieves....and Museveni to blame????

President Museveni please I triduce tougher laws and out immediately all mutate behind the bars.

... Please act now Mr President!!


But Wainainchi, where were you when Mr. M7 spilled the beans and told his audience that his father, Kaguta was corrupt/thief, because he stole and horded veterinary (animal) drug in their house.

In other words, since Kaguta (RIP) was an itinerant herdsman, he was smuggling his bosses animal drugs from under their noses, to use on his, equally Jacobin cattle.
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0 #7 Wainainchi 2019-02-06 14:28
@Lakwena..I usually do not want to comment you and your bullshitting.

But in this one, since you are not of this world and Christian believer,just one quote from the Bible..Jesus said show me one person who is not the sinner.. .in case of Mzee father there is no comparison with today's thugs and thieves and you missed the topic and subject for the whole mile...just for the sake of opposing me!

Peopke if Uganda are clever people and understand what I ment by writing this You are thug and sold soul and you are not seriously considered.Your blablabla is pointless...Buy thug and hater.
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0 #8 Lakwena 2019-02-07 08:42
Quoting Wainainchi:
@Lakwena..I usually do not want to comment you and your bullshitting.

But in this one, since you are not of this world and Christian believer,just one quote from the Bible..Jesus said show me one person who is not the sinner.. .in case of Mzee father there is no comparison with today's thugs and thieves and you missed the topic and subject for the whole mile...just for the sake of opposing me!

Peopke if Uganda are clever people and understand what I ment by writing this You are thug and sold soul and you are not seriously considered.Your blablabla is pointless...Buy thug and hater.


Wainainchi, you do not know how much I love you. It is because, you remind me of innocent Abiriga (RIP).

What I believe in you is that deep in your soul, you don't mean what you say herein (submissions).

In other words, you have to make a living, lying fot your boss.
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0 #9 Lakwena 2019-02-07 08:59
And Wainainchi, as an excuse to justify their criminality or immorality; It is criminals and perverts, who use Jesus statement "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

In other words, if we go by standard, what is the point of having laws, rules and regulations? Laws, rules and regulation are moral consensus, in order to avert anarchy, injustice and cruelty.
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