Anthony Waludyaba, a video and audio producer with Uganda
Broadcasting Cooperation – UBC has been grilled by lawyers in the Makerere University
Waludyaba was appearing before Grade One Magistrate Beatrice Khainza at
City Hall Court on Friday. He is one of the state witnesses brought to testify
in a trial of five suspected gold scammers.
Stella Kalungi Dindi, David Kironde, Ronald Kamugisha, Nasser Kibirige and
Yazidi Kabonge are suspected of conning a 58-year-old dealer Canadian
businessman, Assi Soubhi more than 600 million shillings in rare and precious
Police had procured the services of Waludyaba as a producer at a National
Broadcaster UBC to help retrieve and transcribe audios from Whatsapp
conversations in which the accused gold scam suspects are pinned.
Now during the cross-examination, the suspects’ lawyers, Humphrey Tumwesigye
and Susan Nalunga from Musangala Advocates & Solicitors accused the
producer of altering information given to him by police.
Waludyaba, for instance, was tasked to explain how he was able to put names on
the audio, yet the audio did not have the said names.
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Tumwesigye says the producer was not at liberty to paraphrase citing it was
altering evidence instead.
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In his defense, however, Waludyaba says upon retrieval of the sound, he
listened to it jointly with the investigating officer, who would identify the
suspects to ease transcription.
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He says whatever he tendered and testified in court was true of what he
listened to from the audios retrieved.
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Soubhi after the court session said that he was not surprised by the lawyers
citing that they always corner their witnesses to deviate from their testimony.
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Soubhi says the police handwriting expert will be his last witness scheduled
for Tuesday, May 7, next week. He says he wants the case hearing expedited as
he has been in the matters since November 2017.
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The five suspects are facing five charges of conspiracy to commit a felony,
obtaining money by false pretence, Criminal Trespass, impersonation and