Telecom company employees charged with fraud granted bail

The two MTN employees charged for attempting to defraud Members of Parliament have been granted bail.

Twenty nine-year-old Kigenyi Nasser, a service advisor with MTN Uganda and Magembe Henry 37, a salesman have today been granted a cash bail of three million shillings each and ten million shillings non-cash bail to the six sureties, three standing in for each of the suspects.

The Bail application was granted basing on the substantial sureties presented in court. The sureties standing in for Kigenyi include his wife Aliba Ritah, Nantale Hasfah, a sister and Isabirye Saleh, a teacher at Kakungube Senior Secondary School Mubende.

Those standing in for Magembe are his three brothers Kenneth Magembe, a senior structural Engineer, Musazi Micheal, a head teacher at Agha Khan School and Mugerwa Dauda, a resident of Nabweru South on Nansana Municipality.

The suspects face nine counts including electronic fraud, unauthorised obstruction of simcards contrary to section 16 of the Computer Misuse Act. State prosecutor Viola Tusingwire told court investigations are still ongoing.

Prosecution told Bugabda Road Chief Magistrates Court that in February this year, the suspects conspired to defraud State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza, State Minister for Agriculture Christopher Kibazanga, Western Youth Member of Parliament Mwine Mpaka and businesswoman Mercy Kyakunda.

The suspects allegedly swapped simcards belonging to different Members of Parliament with intention of securing unfair monetary gains.

The suspects return in court on April 17 for mention of their case.