July 12, 2024
Kampala Daily

Born again Pastor sent to Luzira prison over forgery

Pastor Samuel Kakyada, a born-again preacher and businessman, is rejoicing the feeling of Luzira Prison after the Anti-Corruption Court remanded him on allegations of forgery of documents related to gold transactions.

Kakyada appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Esther Asiimwe on March 4, reminding him to Luzira until March 6, 2024.

The honorable court declined Kakyada’s pleas of bail applications when he failed to present any sureties to second his application.

A resident of Busei B in Iganga district, the former Luuka district chairperson is accused together with a Kenyan businessman and formerÿ assistant minister, Tarus Stephen Kipkiyenyi who earlier faced the same charges and was released on January 19, 2024 on a cash bail of shs10 million.

Leading the prosecution, Stuart Aheeebwa, a legal personnel from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) says the charges against Kakyada and the Kenyan national pertain to the fabrication of false documents under section 203(b) of the East African Community customs Act, 2004 as amended.

Allegations suggest that the duo forged custim permits and documents, including the receipt number 872 dated January 6, 2024, and an invoice CNO/16-494, related to gold bars weighing thirteen kilograms.

They also fabricated customs documents claiming URA issued a receipt and an invoice for the gold transactions.

The businessmen are facing accusations of misrepresenting a Bill of Lading number as legal documents required in the process.

According to the East African Community Customs Act, the offences, if convicted, attract a penalty of imprisonment for three years or a fine of shs37.7 million or both.

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