By Sakur Abdul-salam
Two MTN employees have been charged with nine counts relating abetment of electronic fraud, unauthorized obstruction of Sim-cards and conspiracy to defraud.
Nasser Kigenyi, a service center advisor with MTN Mubende branch and Henry Magembe, a salesman with MTN appeared before Grade one Magistrate Samuel Kagoda who read out the charges to them on Monday.
They denied the charges and state attorney Nelly Asiku informed court that investigations in the matter are still ongoing, prompting the Magistrate to remand the accused until March 15.
They are accused of swapping Sim-cards belonging to the state minister for lands Persis Namuganza, state Minister for Agriculture Christopher Kibanzanga, Western Youth MP Mpaka Mwine and business woman Mercy Kyakunda.
It is alleged that, the duo and others still at large in February 2018 unlawfully swapped Sim-card numbers 0776679365, 0782670551, 0772970393 and 0783799892 belonging to Kyakunda, Namuganza, Kibanzanga and Mwine respectively.
According to the state, the duo swapped the Sim-card without authorisation of their owners thereby allowing fraudsters who got possession of the said cellphone numbers to fraudulently solicit money from unsuspecting members of the public with an intention of securing unfair gains.
They are also accused of blocking the duly registered owners of the said Sim-cards from using them while being used in fraudulent purposes.
Prosecution accuses the duo of conspiring to unlawfully swap the said Sim-cards for fraudulent purposes.