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School Director Charged With 14 Counts of Fraud

Court heard that Kigozi enrolled students for courses that were not approved by the National Council for Higher Education. The Courses include a Diploma in Medical Records and Information Science, Diploma in Biomedical Engineering and Certificate in Medical Records and Information science.
Some of the affected students of Vine paramedical school at Masaka court after the court session
Abaasi Kigozi, the director of Vine Paramedical School in Kijjabwemi-Masaka, has been charged with 14 counts of fraud and obtaining money by false pretense. Kigozi appeared before Masaka Chief Magistrate Deogratius Ssejjemba on Friday.

Court heard that Kigozi enrolled students for courses that were not approved by the National Council for Higher Education. The Courses include a Diploma in Medical Records and Information Science, Diploma in Biomedical Engineering and Certificate in Medical Records and Information science.

State Prosecutor Amina Ankasa told the court that Kigozi collected more than 60 million Shilling from 14 students who enrolled for the courses yet his school was not licensed for the same. The affected students completed their studies in 2016 and 2017.

But the court heard that some students that attempted to upgrade were denied vacancies in other health training institutions while others are still struggling to obtain their transcripts. Now the students are seeking a refund of their money and compensation for the time and opportunities lost.

Kigozi, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail. The presiding magistrate Ssejjemba granted him a non-cash bail of 40 million Shillings. Each of his two sureties was also granted non cash bail of 10 million Shillings.

The case was adjourned to November 22 for further hearing.