Police in Busoga North, on Friday confirmed the arrest of two individuals whom they accuse of posing as state house officials to defraud people with promises of helping them to get big government jobs. 

The suspects, who are currently held at Kamuli Central Police Station, are Bosco Mugweri and Robert Sande. 

Their arrest was sparked off by complaints by a section of youth leaders in Busoga sub region, who accused the suspects of masquerading as state house officials, working close with one of the key staff in the presidency affairs ministry, only to defraud each of them of two million shillings, with hopes of securing for him appointment as a resident district commissioner. A similar offer had been made to several other potential victims.

Police opened a general inquiry file in April 2022, where all complainants were advised to provide information, which would assist in the arrest of the con-men.

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One of the victims, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that the suspects extorted two million shillings from him in March, 2022.

 “These men and other suspects still at large started mobilising us to pay money in January this year after the news about the looming reshuffle of resident district commissioners and their deputies was all over social media,” he said.

“I joined three other victims who had already paid their two million shillings each, and we all completed the payment of two million shillings each by the end of the first week of March.”

Busoga North police authorities have indicated that they are intensifying the hunt for impersonators who defraud job seeker and tarnish the government’s image.