Minister Muloni testifies against suspected impersonator
On Friday, Irene Muloni, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development testified against a one Arafat Ndugga alias William Musinguzi who is accused of impersonating the minister to defraud companies.
The case is before Buganda Road Court Grade One Magistrate Esther Nahirya.
In the dock, Muloni said Nduga has been using her name and position to defraud companies and individuals, promising them contracts to work under the Hoima-Tanga Oil Pipeline.
The accused has allegedly been contacting his targets using email address; email@example.com, on Facebook under an account in the names of Irene Nafuna Muloni and telephone number 0775224990.
“He contacted them using my name and position purpotedly tasked by the President and Total financiers to engage the companies in the business,” said Muloni.
She told court that she learnt of her name was being used in the scheme after various people started calling her with inquiries over a matter she had no knowledge about.
For instance, in January, the Executive Director of Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) Ernest Rubondo contacted her in regards to an email that purportedly originated from her.
The email which Rubondo forwarded to Muloni’s authentic email address was asking PAU to engage companies that had applied for tenders in the Hoima-Tanga Oil Pipeline project.
Muloni told court that the accused seemed to have acquired a list of applicants shortlisted in the National Suppliers database for the petroleum Authority of Uganda which he used to reach out to different individuals and companies.
Ndugga was arrested in March after one of his victims, Maria Kanyamugara worked with the police and laid a trap for him.
Kanyamugara had been contacted by the fraudsters over her real estate and land acquisition business.