September 3, 2013

City Tycoon Charged For Recruiting Ugandans Into M23

Simon Kayitare, a city businessman has been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly trafficking and recruiting Ugandans into the M23 rebel ranks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

M23 fighters launched a rebellion in DRC last May, forcing 800,000 from their homes
M23 fighters launched a rebellion in DRC last May, forcing 800,000 from their homes

Kayitare, a resident of Kitende along Entebbe Road appeared before Olive Kazarwe, the Buganda Road chief magistrate on Monday where he was charged with 12 counts of illegal trafficking and recruitment of Ugandans into M23 rebel activities.

Prosecution heard that the suspect engaged in the recruitment of persons without a license by means of fraud and deception for purposes of exploitation. Some of his victims include Wilson Kayira, Esau Kahingi, Rwenzahu, Micheal Karuhanga, John Ssonko, Sam Kabeera, Ivan Kwikiriza, Frank Muhooli, Emmanuel Tumwiine and Isaac Kemanzi.

He pleaded not guilty to all the 12 counts brought against and applied for bail, which was denied by Olive Kazarwe, the Buganda Road chief magistrateon on grounds that the suspect didn’t present substantial sureties.

She therefore remanded the suspect to Luzira prisons until 16th of this month when his case will come up for mention.

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