Samona, the Man of Cosmetics in Deep Trouble for Issuing Bogus Cheques in a False Attempt to Settle UGX143m Debt

Troubled: Salongo Kasawula Samona

BUSEGA, Kampala, Uganda: Ssalongo Michael Kasawuli Mukasa going by the moniker of Samona is caught up in an unpleasant run-in with Asians who supplied him with beauty cosmetics. Samona ordered for the cosmetics from the Asians who imported the same from the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), the Investigator exclusively report.

The transaction happened sometime early last year. As a way of partial payment, Samona issued the Asians trading as Gilgol International Limited in Ntinda with three cheques. The cheques were to be drawn from Samona’s Stanbic bank account at Nakivubo branch. The three cheques were worth UGX45m. They are dated May 6, 2016, May 13, 2015 and May 20, 2016, respectively.

The Asians imported the beauty cosmetics and delivered the same to Samona. But they were shocked to be bounced at the bank when they banked the cheques the cosmetic vendor had issued them. The Stanbic cashiers told the Asians that Samona’s account did not hold the amount of money he was purporting to pay them!

Startled, the Asians returned to Samona and asked him why he had taken them on wild-goose- chase hunt. Samona smiled mischievously. He then gathered himself and apologized. Thereafter, he made pledges to pay in installments. He did not honor his word even when his creditors involved lawyers!

The Asians on realizing that Samona is not a man to be trusted, have now resorted to litigation in order to get paid. “Our suppliers in Dubai have since cut off goods to us because of what Samona did. Their money continues to attract interest because it is tied up in Samona’s businesses,” the Asians cry through their lawyers of Kajeke, Maguru and Company Advocates.

The case is registered at the commercial section of the high court with Justice Anne Bitature Mugenyi lined up to handle it. Samona has been given 15 days to respond.

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