Prof. Baryamureba Steps up Presidential Campaigns

A man who reportedly used social media platform, buy Facebook to impersonate Rwanda Defence Minister, visit this James Kabarebe, no rx thus conning people of over Rwf791, 000, has been arrested.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Sunday identified the suspect as Jacques Mugema.

“The suspect committed the crime through social Media platform – Facebook – where he created two fake account; one claiming to be James Kabarebe and another one for his secretary, under the pretence of offering shortcut services to whoever paid a specified sum of money through a mobile money account he provided,” police said in a statement seen by ChimpReports.

Kabarebe, a battle-hardened General is one of the most powerful men in Rwanda.

According to police, preliminary investigations indicate that after identifying a potential victim, he would direct them to talk to his ghost secretary on another Facebook account and phone contacts, which also belonged to him.

Through that account, Mugema is suspected to have collected Rwf791, 000 from his victims in a period spanning over a year.

After police investigations, Mugema was arrested on June 6 and is currently detained at Nyamirambo Police Station as further investigations continue.

Police Spokesperson for the Central Region, Superintendent Modeste Mbabazi, said that citizens who believed he was the real Kabarebe often spoke to him through his Facebook inbox – and it is where he suggested that they pay some “little money” in order for their challenges to be solved.

“He created conversations with those who contacted him and eventually, after learning any of their challenges, he would ask them to pay a sum of money through a telephone number he provided them with,” said Superintendent Mbabazi.

“Victims often called the number to verify if the payment had been received and the suspect would answer, claiming this time that he is the secretary of the Minister and had received the amount on his behalf.”

Superintendent Mbabazi revealed that this is not the first time that Mugema has been caught up in such shoddy activities – and has in the past tried to impersonate several other individuals in order to con people.

He also warned Rwandans against falling prey to such conmen by using approved channels to get government services and also verifying the authenticity of the people they interact with on social media platforms.

“Do not give your hard earned money to someone through any technology channel unless you have verified who they are. Secondly, do not believe in such shortcut services. Every service offered in Rwanda has a clear and specific place where it can be attained or accessed. People shouldn’t be cheated under such shortcuts in normal circumstances can also be viewed as another form of corruption and punishable by the law,” he said.

“Criminals seek to use technology to their advantage, but Police will continue to ensure that the country is protected from such activities. Those with information that can facilitate investigations should always approach police as quick as possible.”

Article 318 of the penal code states that anyone who obtains the property of another person by fraud or by intentionally using false names, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of three to five years and a fine between Rwf3 million and Rwf5 million.
Presidential hopeful Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has vowed to fight corruption during his presidency, there saying it’s one of the major impediments to rapid economic growth.

While addressing the media at Jelliza hotel in Kasese town on Sunday, website like this Baryamureeba said the rampant corruption in the public and private sectors in the country is responsible for poor service delivery.

He said Uganda should not be ranked the 3rd most corrupt country in the world while people are struggling to get services such as health and education.

“If you walked into the national referral hospital at Mulago, help patients are struggling to access medical services and in some schools pupils sit in the dust for classes. All this is being caused by the rampant corruption which has not been tackled,” said the UTAMU University Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Baryamureeba, who declared his presidential bid for 2016 elections last month is currently traversing the country drumming up support for his political party known as People’s Progressive Party {PPP} on which ticket he intends to stand.

“Since I declared my intentions of standing for the presidency in 2016 general elections, I have noted that the education and health sectors have not been prioritized in the national budget and that is very bad for a country like Uganda,” said Information Technology expert.

Prof. Baryamureeba further said he intends to woo wealthy businessmen and companies to invest in the agriculture sector so that farmers can benefit from their products.

“Over 75 percent of our people depend on the agriculture but government is doing little in helping them. So I intend to increase the budget for the sector by 16 percent and also ask more investors to invest their money in agriculture so that the poor farmers can also benefit,” added the former Makerere Vice Chancellor.

On the electoral reforms, Prof. Baryamureeba rubbished calls by sections of the opposition to boycott the 2016 elections if the electoral reforms are not adopted by government.

“Politicians should stop misadvising Ugandans to boycott the elections. That is very wrong, let us go into the race and if we succeed we shall implement the reforms ourselves,”


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