20 November 2012

Uganda: Court Acquits Businessman Kashoma in Fraud Case

Buganda Road Court has acquitted city businessman Justus Kashoma of all charges in the case in which he was accused of attempting to defraud Stanbic bank of $ 500,000 (shs1.2b) at Garden city mall four years ago.

Chief magistrate Eleanor Khainza acquitted Kashoma on grounds that he cannot be convicted on mere suspicion and that all witnesses brought against him never at any given time said Kashoma had been directly involved in the withdrawal or was a worker at the bank.

Khainza had earlier heard that one Henry Okot was the person who credited Kashoma's account but there was no evidence to prove that Okot was the accused.

"The accused was not responsible for crediting his account and is therefore acquitted of the charges brought against him" Khainza said.

Kashoma was charged together with five people but the five were acquitted last year after the Director of Public Prosecution, Richard Butera, withdrew charges against them.

They included Private David Muhumuza, a driver of Rujumbura MP Jim Muhwezi, Capt. Muzamiru Wakulira and three Stanbic Bank employees: Sam Wanamama, Sharifa Kyamanywa and Barry Zizinga.

Prosecution alleges that on September 25, 2008 while at the Stanbic Bank Executive Branch at Garden City in Kampala, Kashoma attempted to withdraw about 815 million shillings in cash.

Prosecution further alleged that the total amount that had been wired to Kashoma's accounts was $3.8m and shs985, 957,000.

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