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Two Charged for Possessing Contraband Cosmetics

Court heard that on January 7th 2020 while in Kyabuyoro village in Kanungu District, Tumwijukye was found in possession of 185 cartons of assorted contraband cosmetics from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC worth Shillings 9 million.
Tumwijukye and Asiimwe at the Anti Corruption Court in Kampala
Two people have appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala on charges of possessing prohibited goods contrary to the East African Community Customs Act.  The suspects are Allen Tumwijukyea resident of Mutambuka Road Central Division in Kabale District and Andrew Asiimwe, a resident of Kihiihi Town Council in Kanungu District.    

The suspects appeared on Tuesday before the Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, Sarah Namusobya Mutebi in Kampala. Court heard that on January 7th 2020 while in Kyabuyoro village in Kanungu District, Tumwijukye was found in possession of 185 cartons of assorted contraband cosmetics from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC worth Shillings 9 million.  

According to prosecution, the contraband cosmetics were being transported by Asiimwe on an Isuzu Elf truck registration number UBD 443Y.  The two pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their lawyer, John Paul Rubagumya, saying the offenses against them are bailable, adding that they have substantial sureties.   

Tumwijukye presented his sister, Linnet Kansiime, a retail shop owner in Naguru Go down and Annet Koroba, an agro produce dealer as her sureties. Asiimwe presented Godwin Odong and Princess Nyikirize, both teachers at New Age primary school as his sureties.  

The state prosecutor didn’t object to bail application but asked court to compel the sureties to provide vital documents like trading licenses and work identification cards to court. Court granted Tumwijukye bond of Shillings 1.5 million in cash and Asiimwe one million in cash. Their sureties executed none cash bond of Shillings 10 million.    

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