School director sent back to Luzira for falsifying visas

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The owner of the Victory School of Beauty and Hospitality Management was remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly falsifying visas.

Robert Kasibante, 34, a self-described businessman, is accused of forging US visas for the passports of two Ugandan women.

He is a resident of Bunamwaya, Rubaga Division in Kampala District.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Godwin Agaba slapped Kasibante with two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering a false document and two counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

The case is registered under police criminal record number 1131/2022.

Moments later, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo consented to the charges, giving police the green light to produce him in court to answer the charges.

He is fighting charges under sections 342, 345, 347, 351, 347 and 305 of the Penal Code Act.

On conviction, the offense of forgery and use of false document carries a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment while obtaining money by false presence carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

Subsequently, the businessman was arraigned at the Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court in Kampala on Friday and remanded in Luzira Prison until August 2, 2022.

Prior to his pre-trial detention, Kasibante appeared before first-year magistrate Siena Owomugisha and denied the charges, saying he did not commit the offence.

The public prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Judith Nyamwiza, informed the court that the investigations were incomplete.

“I pray that you will adjourn the matter to another date to allow the police to complete their investigations into the matter,” she asked.

Offense

The prosecution alleges that Kasibante, on December 17, 2021, in the Kingdom of Kampala, Central Division, forged United States of America visas for passport numbers C00000561 and A00323830 on behalf of Naluzze Gloria Katumba and another woman, who declined to mention her name.

Court documents indicate that Kasibante uttered the false document, allegedly issued by the United States Embassy in Kampala.

The prosecution also alleges that Kasibante on December 2, 2021, Kingdom of Kampala, with intent to defraud, obtained money in the amount of $3400 (sh12.8m) from another woman (name undisclosed) falsely claiming he was going to process for both his United States visas and his hotel arrangements, when he was not.

Kasibante is also accused of having obtained 2 million euros from the same woman by falsely claiming that it is for late payment (surcharge) for the processing of the two visas from the United States of America, when not.

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