35-year-old Mbabazi remanded over defrauding magistrate of Shs 450m

Willis Bamwesigye Mbabazi

Willis Bamwesigye Mbabazi

Buganda Road Magistrate's court has remanded a businessman on charges of obtaining Shs 450 million by false pretence from grade one magistrate Dorothy Bagyenyi.

Willis Bamwesigye Mbabazi, a resident of Jinja Karoli, Nabweru Division in Nansana municipality, was arraigned before court presided over by grade one magistrate Asuman Muhumuza who read to him one charge against him.

Court heard on Friday that between 2019 and 2021, within Kampala district, Bamwesigye obtained the money from Bagyenyi with the intent to defraud her. Bamwesigye is said to have pretended that he was selling to her a piece of land situated at Masheruka in Sheema district whereas not. 

The 35-year-old Bamwesigye has, however, denied the charges against him. As a result, the prosecution led by Lydia Nakato informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing and she asked for an adjournment.

Bamwesigye was accordingly remanded until September 23 when court will be informed about the status of the investigations. In a related development, an 84-year-old woman, Jane Nambi,  has been charged with forgery of a will before the Buganda Road court chief magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu.

Court heard that on April 29, 2010, Nambi, a resident of Wampamba village in Kanyanya Ward, Kawempe Division in Kampala, wilfully and unlawfully forged a will of the late Namasole of Buganda, Juliana Nabikande Ndibalekera. 

Court was told that Nambi committed the offence together with her son, Denis Ssempebwa, who is still at large. It is further alleged that Nambi and Ssempebwa presented the same forged will to detective Tonny Seninde at Kampala central police station between June and October 2020 with the intention of taking the deceased’s property fraudulently. 

Nambi however denied the charges and was released on a non-cash bail of Shs 50 million on the basis that she is of advanced age and she cannot manage prison conditions. She will return to court on November 3, 2022.

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