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Business Operators, Religious Leaders & Teachers Lose Millions In Online Scam

A flier advertising Bridge waters

Security authorities in Kabale district have launched investigations into the circumstances under which hundreds of residents were fleeced by an online cryptocurrency company-Bridge Water Stocks. 

The online company that abruptly shut down started attracting locals mid last year. At the time, a number of business operators, teachers and religious leaders had been enticed into investing money in the company with an assurance of receiving massive profits after a specified period. Every client would also get a bonus after recruiting another. 

Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma confirms that his office has received more than 10 complaints from people who had invested millions of Shillings ignorant that they were being fleeced. One of the complainants had reportedly invested 100 million Shillings.

Nyakahuma says that he is working with the Police cyber-crime department to uncover the persons behind the scam. He has also ordered for the re-arrest of the Kabale-based promoter identified as Charles Kamwesiga, who is currently out on police bond.

Edita Atuheire Ahimbisibwe, one of the affected businesswomen in Kabale town says that she was approached by Kamwesiga accompanied by his colleagues; Brian Musheruzi, Alex Mwesigye alias Kiyanga on October 12, 2021, and convinced to join Bridge Waters Stocks. Atuheire says that she was convinced that she will earn profits without a sweat, a venture in which she injected 50 million Shillings.

Atuheire says that the same people convinced her husband to invest 78 million Shillings, but they were both shocked when they tried to log into her account afterwards, they found the website blocked.

Silver Muhangi, who operates a phone and accessories shop in Kabale town says that he joined the company and first invested five million Shillings after being convinced by Musheruzi and Mwesigye that he would get a daily return of 82,000 Shillings. Muhangi says that he later injected more than 20 million Shillings with expectations of reaping 80 million Shillings profit after 120-days. 

Muhangi says that he was shocked after trying to log in and realized that the site is suspended.

Shallon Niwamanya, a primary school teacher in Kabale district also narrates that she invested 8 million Shillings in the online trading company, with the same hope of reaping profits. Niwamanya says that she is now stuck with nowhere to start from.

In 2006, hundreds of Kabale residents lost their money to Caring for Orphans, Widows, and the Elderly-COWE, a local non-governmental organization that encouraged residents to save with the organization, saying it would double their savings. However, the NGO abruptly shut down leaving locals in tears.  

In March 2011, the then Kabale Chief Magistrate’s court convicted Nickson Balikoowa, the former National Secretary of COWE and former Kigezi region Coordinator, Sedi Kesiime to four years in jail. Court also ordered the duo to pay a fine of  450 million Shillings to their victims.

However, the ruling was later quashed by Kabale High Court, which saw the duo regain their freedom.  In January 2016, President Yoweri Museveni directed the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to intervene and help the scam victims, but nothing was done.


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