Serere Police are holding a man contracted by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to supply heifers for issuing a bouncing cheque. The suspect is Thomas Ndeba, a resident of Kiira road in Kampala and the managing Director, Green Village Company.
Ndeba was picked up by operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on Sunday and handed over to Serere Police Station. Michael Odongo, the East Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson, says Ndeba is wanted for issuing a bouncing cheque worth Shillings 460 million to Patrick Osuku, a resident of upper shops in Serere town council
According to Odongo, Osuku filed a complaint of issuing a bouncing cheque against Ndeba at Serere Central Police Station under CRB 274 / 2018. He explains that in 2017, the Office of the Prime Minister contracted Ndeba to supply 653 heifers to Adjumani district under his company Green Village but he didn’t have the money.
He sub contracted the Serere based OPED Contractors Suppliers Ltd to supply the animals. Since OPED didn’t have the money, they decided to open a joint account with the suspect at Opportunity Bank in Soroti town to secure funding to facilitate the supply of the heifers to Adjumani district.
Green Village and OPED solicited for money jointly and mobilised some short horned Zebu heifers from some residents, which qualified them to supply heifers. After supplying the animals, Ndeba reportedly opened a private account with KCB bank in Kampala, which he used to receive payment from OPM to avoid paying OPED.
Odongo says when OPED pressurised Ndeba for payment, he issued them with a bouncing cheque worth Shillings 460M and disappeared in Kampala. He says Ndeba was apprehended by CMI operatives in Kampala on Sunday and transferred to Serere Central Police Station.