Prosecution told court that on September 29th, 2016 at Web Advocates and Solicitors along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala the duo with intent to defraud obtained US54, 600 207 Million Shillings from Yahya Osman Muhammad who was seeking to buy 265 kilograms of gold on behalf of AFWAF, a Dubai based firm.
City Lawyer Paul Mugoya Wanyoto in a Suit together with his co accused Moses Ndyanabangyi
City lawyer, Paul Wanyoto Mugoya has been remanded to Luzira prisons for obtaining money by false pretense and conspiracy to commit a felony. He appeared this afternoon before Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Stellah Amabarisi.
He was remanded together with city businessman, Moses Ndyanabangyi, the Director of Consolidated Services Limited. Prosecution told court that on September 29th, 2016 at Web Advocates and Solicitors along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala the duo with intent to defraud obtained US$54, 600 (207 Million Shillings) from Yahya Osman Muhammad who was seeking to buy 265 kilograms of gold on behalf of AFWAF, a Dubai based firm.
They reportedly obtained another US$ 13, 250 USD (UGX50 million) from Muhammad at Nile Refinery in Buziga in Kampala purporting to be refining and smelting 265 kilograms of gold for their victim. The prosecution further contends that on October 7th, 2016, Ndyanabangi issued a bank cheque number 8000470002 worth Shillings 269 million to Muhammad at Bank of Africa Kabalagala Branch well knowing the account had insufficient funds.
The money was reportedly meant for the clearance of gold from Entebbe Airport to Dubai. It is also alleged that in December, 2016 the duo and others at large jointly conspired to defraud Muhammad US$ 93, 250 (Shillings 354 million) by entering into a hoax purchase agreement to sell the gold in question, which they didn't do.
Dyanabangyi faces an alternative charge of getting US$ 30,000 USD (Shillings 114 million) on October, 1st 2016 for clearing gold. Wanyoto was dressed in a bluish suit and maroon necktie while Ndyanabangyi appeared in a black T-shirt amidst tight security. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The State Prosecutor, Miriam Njuki asked court to remand the accused, saying inquiries into the matter are still ongoing, which was granted. The duo will return to court on February 6th, 2019 for mention of his charges. This is not the first time Wanyoto is being implicated in a gold scandal.
In 2018, he was charged in the Anti-Corruption Court together with seven senior Police officers for extorting Shillings 1.4 billion from Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un, both South Koreans nationals. Wanyoto was charged together with Samuel Nabeta Mulowooza, the Managing Director Eye Power Engineering Company and Police officers, Siraje Bakaleke, Robert Munezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robert Ray Asiimwe, Junior Amanya, Babu Gastavas and Kenneth Zirintuusa.
Inquiries are still ongoing in the matter. Wanyoto petitioned high court to block his trial, saying the charges were brought in bad faith without proper investigations. However, Justice Lydia Mugambe ruled that the charges were brought against Wanyoto and his colleagues lawfully by the Director of Public Prosecution.