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Suspect Yazidi Kabonge Wamala Denies Role in Mak Gold Scam

Kabonge is charged jointly with four others; Stella Kalungi Dindi, David Kironde, Richard Kamugisha and Nasser Kibirige of conspiracy to commit a felony, obtaining money by false pretence, criminal trespass, impersonation and forgery.
Yazidi Kabonge Wamala

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Yazidi Kabonge Wamala, a 45-year-old, British national of Ugandan origin has denied knowledge of scamming a Canadian national, Assi Soubhi.   

Kabonge is charged jointly with four others; Stella Kalungi Dindi, David Kironde, Richard Kamugisha and Nasser Kibirige of conspiracy to commit a felony, obtaining money by false pretence, criminal trespass, impersonation and forgery.  

The accused persons were arrested on January 10, 2018, at Physical Chemistry Laboratory in Makerere, where they were allegedly conducting fake gold tests. It is further alleged that in December 2017, the group conspired to commit a felony through obtaining money by false pretence by pretending to sell seven kilograms of pure gold, which they did not have. The Gold was valued at USD 191,100 (600 million Shillings).

Kabonge, a business analyst currently residing in Kawanda, Wakiso District is individually facing two offences of conspiracy to commit a felony and criminal trespass.  However, he told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Beatrice Khainza that he was not aware of the reasons he was before the court. 

He says at the time of the alleged gold scam on November 25, 2017, he was residing in Northampton, the United Kingdom.  However, on the day of his arrest, two months later, in January 2018, he had only offered a ride to one of his friends David Kironde alias Sam Ssimbwa Daudi, from his office in Kololo to Makerere University. 

He denied the charge saying that he did not know why he was arrested and that he also did not know what his colleagues were testing in the lab.  

“I live in England. I only came back to Uganda on December 6, 2017. So I don’t know how that can happen,” Kabonge told the court.  

The court allowed defence lawyer Asuman Matovu to use Kabonge’s passport as defence exhibit confirming that he was out of the country on the date the alleged offence was committed.  However, the lawyer sought an adjournment citing that their next witness David Kironde was unable to appear in court due to hypertension.  

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The investor Assi Soubhi said he had stated in his statement and testimony in court that Kabonge was not involved in his case where he was scammed on November 25, 2017, the case currently at City Hall court.  

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