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Kampala City lawyer remanded for defrauding Shs1.2bn from Qatari investors

A police officer escorts Lawyer Kato Absolom of M/s KAAB Advocates, at the Anti-Corruption Court where he was charged with Electronic Fraud and Money Laundering.

Kampala, (UG):– The Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala has charged and remanded to Luzira Prison Absolom Kato, a Senior Kampala City Lawyer over criminal charges related to electronic fraud and money laundering.

Kato Absolom of M/s KAAB Advocates who was on Monday, 24th June 2024 arrested by security officials from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit has now been remanded until 13th July 2024.

Charge Sheet presented before the court alleges that the accused together with others at large, between July 2022 and April 2023 unlawfully made communication through a computer network and obtained USD286,910 from Qatar investors, Ascend Group as performance security fees for a non-existing contract by the Government of Uganda.

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The fraudsters purported the same for the construction of six technical model schools in Wakiso, Kasanda, Pader, Garuga, Nampungwe and Busunju whereas not.

The scheme involved a fabricated 120M dollar contract allegedly for Technical schools in Uganda supposedly under the auspices of the National Resistance Movement Party. The scam was perpetrated by individuals who masqueraded as senior NRM Party officials.

Key figures included Mike Mutebi who presented themselves as members of NRM Committees, and David Mugabe, a fabricated chairman who guided the Ascend Group through the fraudulent process.

Kato had been hiding in Turkey and Nairobi but quietly sneaked back into the country with the intention of living a low-key quiet inconspicuous life and all his known telephone numbers had been switched off.

However, security agencies had been monitoring his movements leading to the Monday arrest.

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