60-year-old smuggler sentenced to 2 years in prison after failure to pay Shs52 million.
A 60-year-old man from Iganga Town Council eastern Uganda, who was hired by a rich man to smuggle uncustomed super match cigarettes for him, has been sent back to Luzira prison to serve two years after failing to pay a court fine of Shs52 million.
Buyinza Swaibu who was the driver of the Fuso Truck that carried 540 cartons of the said Cigarettes from South Sudan, amounting to Shs104 million,had together with the owner of the goods Emolot Paul Sande and a turnboy Muyanja Joshua appealed the Chief Magistrate court sentence, before the High court’s Anticortuption Division.
However today, presiding Judge Lawrence Gidudu dismissed the appeal for lack of merit and upheld the orders of the lower court.
He noted that the appellants were properly found guilty of the crime because they didnt have export documents from South Sudan, allowing them to bring the goods into Uganda, and decided to conceal the good in empty crates of beer, which showed that they had an intention to evade taxes.
What bothered the Judge is the conduct of the rich man Emolot to have used Buyinza to drive his smuggled goods and when it reached in paying the Court fine, he has only paid his and left the old man to rot in jail.
Apart from Buyinza who failed to get the money, the rich man and the 27year old turnboy are out after paying the fine.
They committed the offence on 7th/August/2011 at Mucwini in Lamwo District.