By Ivan Mwine
Asha Utamuriza, an employee of TRINTEL Limited , has been remanded to Luzira Prison over allegations that she stole over Shs100M from a city businesswoman and her employers.
Utamuriza, who was arrested a few days ago by operatives from the Special Investigations Division (SIU) in Kireka, was on Monday 4th April 2022, paraded before Nakawa Grade One Magistrate Posiano Odwori and charged with two counts of theft.
According to the charge sheet seen by our reporter, Utamuriza is alleged to have stolen Shs84M on March 22, 2022 from Mindset Solutions Limited managed by a businesswoman only identified as Irene, who runs a mobile banking business in Ntinda, Kampala.
In the second count, Utamuriza is also alleged to have stolen
Shs25, 267,000 from TRINTEL Limited, the mobile money agency that employs her.
Although she denied the charges, sources privy to the matter reveal that the said money was banking float owned by Mindset Solutions Uganda Limited, which operates a mobile banking business.
It is said that the owners of the company, which has a business relationship with TRINTEL Limited, decided to report the electronic financial fraud and theft after observing that the money that was given to Utamuriza was not deposited on their accounts.
The sources reveal that initially on being arrested, Utamuriza denied the fraudulent transactions, but after being squeezed and shown all the evidence, she admitted, hence being paraded in court.
However, after denying the charges in court, she was remanded to Luzira Prison until April 19th, 2022 because all her sureties lacked some of the documents that were required by court in order to grant her bail.