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UBC Producer Testifies in Makerere Gold Scam

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.
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Anthony Waludyaba, a video and audio producer with Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation – UBC has been grilled by lawyers in the Makerere University gold scam.

 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 gemstones.

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 forgery.