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Desh wanted in Shs350m fraud case
Businessman Andrew “Desh” Kananura faces fresh charges of conning a businessman of Shs350 million and assaulting a police officer who went to arrest him over the matter, documents at the Economic Crimes Division of the Criminal Investigations Department of the police show.
Hajj Sulait Ssemakula, Mr Kananura’s accuser, says he paid Shs230 million on August 19, 2011 to Carmax, Mr Kananura’s company, for caterpillar grader No. SIN 72V08736. Shs200m was by cheque, to be drawn from Stanbic Bank while the Shs30 million was paid in cash.
Mr Ssemakula says he later paid the remaining Shs120 million to make a total of Shs350 million. But for the last instalment, Mr Ssemakula says in the complaint, he was not issued a receipt. “Mr Kananura started playing me,” the complaint says. Mr Kananura later placed a small classified advert in the New Vision of May 3, 2012 requiring Mr Ssemakula to pay for the grader in full or forfeit it.
The advert went: “Carmax (U) Ltd notifies buyer of Grader Reg. No. UAP 657Z to pay the purchase price within seven days from this advert. Failure leads to auction.” Mr Ssemakula says he did not see the advert in the classified pages and Mr Kananura proceeded to “auction” the grader.
“But he ended up selling it to himself,” the complaint says. Mr Ssemakula then reported the case to police and when he want to Mr Kananura’s office to claim the grader, Mr Kananura “beat” them up.
The police officer, a one Stephen Nakube, has also reported an assault case against Mr Kananura at Kiira Road Police Station. The case was filed last week according to police officers.
Mr Ssemakula declined to comment on the matter when contacted, only saying that the matter is with police.
Efforts to get comments from Mr Kananura failed as his known phones were unavailable.
Mr Kananura, police says, is in hiding and is wanted over the murder of Badru Kateregga, a former bar attendant at Mr Kananura’s Panamera Bar in Naguru.