KAMPALA– The chief magistrate court in Entebbe presided over by her worship Stella Akwong has convicted and sentenced Mpamu Godfrey Paul to 3 years in jail and ordered him to pay UGX 19,800,000/= for the offence of obtaining money by false pretence.
On August 30th 2021, Uganda wildlife authority received complaints from tourists Garcia Grancisco, Gonzalaz Maria, Merino Victor, Yarrow William Harold and Merino David who claimed that they had paid Mpamu of Wild paw Safaris Euros 3,000 and us $ 2,000 to secure for them Gorilla tracking permits in Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
They allege that Mpamu disappeared with the money and abandoned them in motor vehicle reg. no. UBE 360R which he had used to transport them to the park.
Mpamu was arrested by police on 10th October 2021 and arraigned in court on 15th October 2021. He was remanded to kitalya prisons until on Wednesday when he was sentenced upon his own plea of guilty.
According to the press release, Uganda wildlife authority welcomed the conviction of Mpamu Godfrey and warned the public against participation in criminal activities of defrauding tourists.
Abandoning tourists in the park not only puts UWA in an embarrassing situation but also destroys the image of destination Uganda.
The public is therefore warned to always verify with the Uganda tourism board and association of Uganda tour operators for the authenticity of the operators’ they deal with before extending any payments to them.