David Kironde alias Sam Ssimbwa Daudi, a 39-year-old employee of
Kololo based Southern Mineral Company has denied defrauding a Canadian National
Kironde and four other suspects Stella Kalungi Dindi, Richard
Kamugisha, Nasser Kibirige and Yazidi Kabonge are facing five charges of
conspiracy to commit a felony, obtaining money by false pretence, criminal
trespass, impersonation and forgery.
They were arrested on January 10, 2018, inside the Makerere
Chemistry Lab trying to conduct another fake gold test.
Appearing before the Grade One Magistrate Beatrice Khainza on Tuesday, Kironde,
a resident of Naalya Mulyagonja Gayaza denied the allegations and described
Soubhi as a liar.
"On 10th January 2018, I received instructions from my boss Farouk Kisuze
to go and follow up a transaction at Makerere University. I called my friend
Yazidi who came to drive me because I was not feeling well. When we reached
Makerere, I found Stella with another man who I later learnt was Nasir. We had
just stepped out of the car when we heard gunshots. About 50 police officers
surrounded us and told us they had arrested us, they took us to the Chemistry
Lab and it was around 6:00 pm," Kironde told court.
Kibonge denied knowledge of all the other co-accused except Yazidi who he said he
had known for seven years. He said that his first time to get in contact with
Soubhi was the day the group was arrested.
"A person coming from nowhere and decides to plant cases on
you it’s really surprising. Does he know where I got my money?" questioned
Soubhi on his part said Kironde is their boss and that he saw him three times
before the gold transaction took place. He says he testified before court and
submitted evidence implicating Kironde as one of the people who scammed him.
//Cue in: “I saw him…
Cue out: …20,000US Dollars.”//
Prosecution alleges that the five suspects in the month of
December 2017, conspired to commit a felony when they obtained money by false
pretence from Soubhi Assi while pretending to sell him 7kilograms of pure gold
at USD191, 100 valued at approximately 687.9 billion shillings.