NUP Diehard Bigirwa Moses Charged With Blackmail, Extortion, Remanded

Kareire Pidson (L) with Bigirwa Moses (R) in court

Kareire Pidson (L) with Bigirwa Moses (R) in court

National Unity Platform (NUP) diehard, Bigirwa Moses and journalist, Kareire Pidson were yesterday charged and remanded to Kitalya prison for trying to blackmail and extort 100m from the Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Hon. Anita Annette Among.

Bigirwa Moses, 37, and Kareire Pidson, 45, were yesterday arraigned before the Standards, Utility and Wildlife Court chief magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu at Buganda Road, charged with three counts of offensive communication, libel and demanding money with menace.

However, they denied charges.

Bigirwa Moses, Kareire Pidson and other two still on the run are alleged to have used WhatsApp and posted content offensive in nature titled “Museveni to remove Deputy Speaker Anita Amongi over Corruption”, “Anita Amongi in trouble over intelligence which include bribes from Roko Construction, bribe from Kingdom property deal,Using ISO to con and Ransom Investors, conning Indians of USD 400k”.

Bigirwa Moses (L), Kareire Pidson (R)

Prosecution argued that false utterances disturbed the peace and privacy of the Deputy Speaker of Parliament.

Prosecution further states that the said communication was intended to defame the Deputy Speaker and extort 100m from Speaker Among.

Prosecution led by Peter Mugisha informed the court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

The pair were remanded until November 19 when they will return for their bail applications.

The Magistrate ordered for medical examination to be conducted on two suspects after their lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka informed court that his clients were tortured during arrests and in police custody.

At the beginning of the week, police spokesman Fred Enanga told the media that they had arrested Bigirwa and confessed to the alleged crimes.

Enanga further stated that Bigirwa also confessed to working with sophisticated people targeting politicians for money through blackmail.

However, the National Unity Platform Party has since come out and questioned the police narrative calling it suspicious.