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Middle East Consultant managers denied bail, remanded

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Sept. 11, 2019

By Eve Muganga
The Entebbe Chief Magistrate, Ms Mary Babirye, has declined to grant bail to the two Middle East Consultant's senior managers who were charged on Friday with four counts of human trafficking and forgery.
Mr Godfrey Kyalimpa, 48, and Mr Benon Kunywana, 36, had applied for bail through their lawyer Mr Ivan Wanume.
However, prosecution led by Ms Jean Nareeba, declined their application saying the sureties presented are not residents within Entebbe and so are the accused persons arguing that such circumstances will interfere with the investigations.
But according to Mr Wanume, the four sureties presented before court were substantial therefore court had no reason to deny them bail.
They have been remanded to Kigo Prison until September 16, when their bail application will be heard.
Prosecution alleges that on February 12, 2019, both Mr Kunywana and Mr Kyalimpa, between Kampala and Entebbe International Airport tried to traffic 50 people out of the country contrary to Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2009.
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The managers are also being charged with forgery of documents and signatures from the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development contrary to Section 349 of the Penal Code.
The accused are said to have forged signatures of Lawrence Egulu, an officer in the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development to enable 50 people to travel out of the country. They were arrested on August 20, 2019 by the Statehouse Anti-Corruption Unit team.
Additional reporting by URN
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