Mpamu had used social media to communicate with tourists. Police arrested him on October 10th and arraigned the suspect before the court on October 15th, 2021 on charges of obtaining money by false pretence.
Godfrey Paul Mpamu, a tour operator from WILDPAW SAFARIS
has earned him a three-year jail term for conning tourists. The Entebbe Chief Magistrate, Stella
Akwong convicted Mpamu on
his own plea of guilty.
Court heard that on
August 30, this year, Uganda Wildlife
Authority (UWA) received complaints from Garcia Francisco, Gonzalaz Maria, Merino Victor, Yarrow William
Harold and Merino David, all tourists accusing
Mpamu of fleecing them Euros 3,000 (about Shillings 12.5Million and US $ 2,000 (Shillings 7.1 million) to secure for them Gorilla tracking permits so as to track
Bwindi Impenetrable National
Park in Kisoro, Rubanda
and Kanungu districts.
The tourists paid the money to the accused who vanished with
the money and abandoned
them in a vehicle
UBE 360R in Entebbe municipality.
Mpamu had used social media
to communicate with tourists.
Police arrested him on
October 10th and arraigned
the suspect before the court on October 15th,
2021 on charges of obtaining money
by false pretence.
He pleaded guilty and was remanded
to Kitalya government prison until Wednesday when he was sentenced. A statement by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) handed Mpamu
3 years in jail and ordered Mpamu to pay Shillings 19.8 million.
Speaking to URN this morning, UWA’s
Communication Manager, Bashir Hangi welcomed the sentence because Mpamu’s conduct tarnishes Uganda’s
image as a nation abroad,
which affects the tourism industry.
He said there is no
reason for anybody to fleece tourists
yet Uganda’s tourism sector is still struggling to recover from the effects of the COVID-19