Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court Gladys Kamasanyu has convicted and sentenced Pastor Sirajje Semanda of Revival Church Bombo and City lawyer Jimmy Arinaitwe to two and half years in prison and pay a fine of Shs405m.
Pastor Semanda, the founder of Revival Church Bombo located in Bombo Town, Luweero District and the organization lawyer Arinaitwe Jimmy were arrested on November 15, 2020, following a countrywide outcry from his victims.
The duo, using their organization Hands Across the World Initiative defrauded over Shs4Bn from over 5,000 victims including 400 private school owners and parents of vulnerable children promising to get them scholarships, trips abroad and connections to Operation Wealth Creation Uganda, which was not true.
“Sirajje and his co-accused first appeared before the Luweero Grade One Magistrate John Paul Obuya on 17th November 2020, were they were charged with Obtaining Money by False Pretense contrary to Section 305 of the Penal Code Act and Conspiracy to Obtain Money contrary to section 309 of the same code,” State House Anti Corruption Unit said in a statement.
“The matter was later transferred to Buganda Road Court where the case has been ongoing for the past two years until their conviction today 10th January 2023,” they added.