Bishop sent to Luzira for fleecing Shs175m

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(L-R) Kalanzi, Bukema, Kazibwe, Kajjumba and Bishop Aaron Siribaleka in the dock on Tuesday at Buganda Road Court on charges of obtaining money by false pretence.

A self-styled ‘bishop’ has been remanded to Luzira Prisons for allegedly fleecing parents over Shs175m.

Bishop Aaron Siribaleka, 50, the chief director of Youth Vulnerable Children and Orphans (YVCO) alliance, was Wednesday charged with 15 counts of obtaining money by false pretense.

A resident of Katovu-Malongo sub-county in Lwengo district, he appeared before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Asuman Muhumuza together with his co-director, Joram Bukema, 38, residing at Kawaala, Rubaga North division in Kampala and Jode Kalanzi, 45, a pastor who resides at Yesu amala Zone, Nansana town council in Wakiso district.

Others are Christopher Kajjumba, 51, a teacher residing at Kigandazi Zone, Bweyogere in Wakiso and James Kazibwe, 34, an ICT expert residing at Kansanga in Makindye division.

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YVCO is an organisation purporting to provide child care, education, health and developing the vulnerable and orphans which has been fleecing millions of shillings from people.

The trial Magistrate bonded the accused Shs2m each and ordered them to deposit their national identity cards to court.

He also ordered Siribaleka, the ring leader to deposit a land certificate worth the alleged money in court, or deposit cheques possessing the same amount to court.

However, the accused failed to fulfil court’s cash bond of Shs2m and were sent to Luzira on remand.

The magistrate adjourned the case to March 20.

The prosecution asserts that the accused and others still at large, in 2019 with intent to defraud, obtained over Shs46m from Vincent Ouma, ShS18m from Catherine Katumba and Julius Lukyamuzi by pretending that they were going to top up school fees for their children, whereas not.

They also fleeced Shs10m from Rose Nantale, over Shs8m from Deborah Kitonsi, over Shs7m from Julius Luyimbazi and Shs2m from Annet Karuuba.

That over Shs4m was obtained from Mary Nawooma, over Shs3m from Willington Twinomujuni and Betty Oyella.

Credit: New Vision

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