By Stuart Yiga
The Police have registered a breakthrough in the ongoing investigations into the alleged forgery and gold scam against Kampala city socialite and businessman Emmanuel Lwasa.
Lwasa owns several businesses both in Kampala and Masaka, including Tavern Kick nightclub, Lwasa Proms and Events, and Lwasa Traders Uganda Limited.
On Wednesday, April 6, security escorted Lwasa to his residence located in Nakabugo village, in Wakiso sub-county, in Wakiso district, and carried out a search in and around his house.
They allegedly seized vital evidence in the form of documents, suspected to have been forged and used by him to con unsuspecting victims of millions of money.
Lwasa was picked from Jinja Road Police Division by detectives from the Police Mineral Protection Unit (PMPU), together with detectives from Jinja Road Police.
At around 11:00am, the Police gained access to Lwasa’s home, but upon arrival, he (Lwasa) declined to cooperate with them, claiming he would be framed.
“I cannot allow any search at my home to kick-off unless my area local chairperson is around. What if you came with something and maybe, you want to plant it and use it as evidence against me?” he wondered.
After a delay of about 30 minutes, the area LCI chairperson, Moses Walabyeki, arrived at Lwasa’s home, and finally, the search kicked off immediately.
Upon searching, security recovered and seized items, including one stamp, several receipts indicating gold transactions, business receipts, bank receipts, and one receipt book.
“I was surprised when I heard that the Police were in my area with one of my residents was being accused of forgery. Lwasa has been a good resident without any bad record,” said Walabyeki.
Five hours later after the search, Lwasa was taken to Naguru before he was shifted back to Jinja Road police.
According to Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire, Lwasa was arrested on Monday,, April 4, at around 4:00pm, from his Najjanankumbi-based offices, on Entebbe Road, before he was detained at Jinja Road Police.
He said Lwasa is being accused of forging the signatures of two officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
“First, he forged signatures of acting Director Geological Survey and Mines (Ag. D/GSM) Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development Agnes Alaba and that of Grace Principal Chemist Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines (DGSM),” Owoyesigyire said.
The Police say he (Lwasa) carried out the forgery through his two companies; Trans Equator Miners Limited and Trade Panel International Limited, which deal in gold transactions.
“Actually, the ongoing investigations are expected to expand to other companies which have also been cited in forging the signature of Agnes Alaba, to ensure they are arrested too,” the Police said.
In January, early this year, security arrested Lwasa over fraud and obtaining money by false pretence when he allegedly sold fake gold worth millions of shillings to a Chinese national.
Sources in security intimated to us that other sister security agencies, including the Internal Security Organisation and Chieftaincy Military Intelligence have also joined the investigations team.