By Solomon Hamala
Court in Iganga has sent on remand a 38 year old woman on 40 counts of obtaining money by false pretense.
Edith Nassozi was arrested on Monday 31st January in Mayuge and brought to Iganga on 1st February 2022. She was later given Police bond.
Prosecution alleges that Nassozi while in the districts of Mayuge, Bugiri, Iganga between January 23 to February 18 this year extorted money from 40 people claiming she would help top up their fees balances in different powerful schools in Kampala.
Prosecution further alleges that the accused who now claims to be an employee of a nongovernmental organization, Alliance Africa, a resident of Wakiso in Kampala reportedly extorted shillings 2 billion from the complainants before trying to flee.
The accused was again arrested as she attempted to board a super custom vehicle parked at main high way in Iganga municipal council on Monday this week.
Grade one magistrate, Yunsu Ndiwalana sent the accused on remand till 14 March this year when she will turn up for hearing of her bail application.
The forty complainants who had jammed court shouted outside the court premises asking the magistrate not to grant her bail saying she would interfere with the investigations.
Nassozi had been impersonating as a state house employee, dealing with education and giving bursaries to the less privileged.
She is said to have founded the Education Saving Bureau, with which she has collected billions of money from Ugandans.
It has been established that the con woman had traversed the districts of Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo, Jinja, Mukono, Lugazi, Tororo, Amudat and Iganga among others recording case files in all the districts.
“She has conned over 19.4 million shillings in Iganga alone”, said police spokesperson Busoga East, Nandaula Diana, adding that she has also conned over 1 billion shillings from the other districts.