By Matthew Okello
A conman disguising as a local government official working with Magola Sub County in Tororo district has conned an 85 year old woman of Shs10,000 promising to give her a heifer.
Yerusaloda Nyadoi a resident of Malawa A zone in Papoli parish, Magola Sub County was approached by a con man speaking only Lusoga and Luganda on Wednesday who deceived her that he works with Tororo district local government at the production department.
Nyadoi was then told to report to the Sub County the following day (yesterday) where she found herself and grandson stranded.
The conman told the old woman to show him the direction to her son’s place who is the councilor of the elderly persons in Magola Sub County of which she did.
On coming back, the yet to be identified conman showed the old woman 10,000 he allegedly received from Owere Odero her son as a requirement one needs to fulfill before receiving a heifer.
He then asked Nyadoi to extend to him the money if she is interested in the heifer.
Nyadoi in her narration says that she is not an easy woman to con but since she has ever benefited from government projects like SAGE, she quickly picked the money to give the man.
After receiving the money, the conman asked Nyadoi to report today (yesterday) morning to the sub county headquarters to receive her heifer. By 7am, Nyadoi was already at the sub county headquarters with her grandson who was carrying a rope for tying the animal to take home.
While at the Sub County, Nyadoi was shocked to learn that the sub county currently has no program of giving out heifers. The old woman remained stranded at the sub county headquarters until midday when the LCIs of Magola fundraised for her transport to go back home.
Due to this, the LCIII chairperson of Magola Sub County, Ojwang Obbo reiterated the government position of suspending hawkers in his sub county stating that it is such people who come with the intention to cheat the general public warning that any hawker who will be got in Magola Sub County will be arrested.
He asked the general public to remain conscious in all their dealings with strangers.