UCC sim box fraudster convicted, sent to Luzira


Court on Thursday convicted the principal suspect in the Sim box case, Geoffrey Kasule, on his own plea of guilt on all the three counts brought against him.

Kasule appeared before the Utilities Court that was officially launched by the Chief Justice last week.

He was charged with unauthorised use or interception of computer service contrary to section 15 of the computer misuse act, electronic fraud c/s 19 of the computer misuse act, and operation of a telecommunications system without a license c/s 78&22 of the UCC act.

He was then remanded to Luzira prisons until Friday 16th of June 2017 when he will be brought back to court for sentencing.

Kasule was arrested by the Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] compliance and Investigations team, working together with Airtel (U) Ltd and Police on Wednesday.

Picked from Masanafu in Lubaga Division in Kampala, Kasule and five other suspects were first detained at Wandegeya Police Station.

Sim boxing is where an individual uses technology to illegally terminate international calls, UCC said in a statement.

“This is usually done in a box where sim cards are inserted through technology, enabled to interfere or otherwise get into licensed operator’s systems to allow illegal termination of calls.”

Through this illegal act, government has lost a lot of revenue.

On June 6, Gerald Ssemwanga, a convict of illegal installation of broadcasting equipment aka BIZINDAALO without a licence, was sentenced to 2 months in jail on each count which will run concurrently.