MTN staff sentenced to 9 years in jail


MTN staff leaving court after being convicted yesterday (Photo by Daily Monitor)


Anti-Corruption Court has sentenced six MTN Uganda employees to nine years in prison for defrauding the company of Shs 3bn.

Presided over by Justice Paul Mugamba, court yesterday found the six employees guilty of illegally gaining access to the Mobile Money system and wiring cash amounting to over Shs 3bn to various agent lines that they shared thereafter.

Those sentenced are; Edrisa Sserunkuma, Joseph Magombe, Daniel Ssegujja, Henry Edgar Matovu, Irene Kauma and Peter Ayebale.

Justice Mugamba found three other MTN staff; Jerom Oketcho Jackchar, Joshua Kulaba and Mary Nassejje, innocent and acquitted them.

They were jointly facing charges ranging from embezzlement, theft, conspiracy to commit a felony, unauthorised access and electronic fraud.

Prosecution led by Marion Acio told court that the convicts and others still at large between January 23 and 25, 2013 at MTN Towers and at plot 77 Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala, carried out electronic fraud by transferring more than Shs 3bn from MTN dispute account to MTN mobile money agent lines.

Prosecution also alleges that Magombe, Ayebale, Ssegujja, Matovu and Sserunkuma, between 23 and 25 January 2013, unlawfully possessed a computer component which is designed primarily to overcome security measures for the protection of data with regard to password and access code of MTN computer systems.

The judge today said that it was their first offense and have no other criminal record to their names.

He also said that since they haven’t behaved badly in court, he decided to reduce their sentence.

They have already spent about three years in jail hence reducing the sentence to 9 years instead of about 12 years.

Meanhwile, about Shs 2.5bn was recovered from their homes leaving a balance of Shs 450m but the judge never pronounced himself on this matter.

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