KAMPALA- The Buganda Road Magistrates Marion Mangei and Siena Owomugisha last month convicted and sentenced faded city socialite Honest Kavuma alias Champagne Papi to 13 years in prison over fraud-related crimes.
Court documents accessed by our reporter indicate that Kavuma was charged with 60 offences of fraud, money laundering, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretense among others.
Kavuma was also found guilty of conniving with fake Bayern Munich officials to con Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham $5,000,000 (Approximately Ugx 18 Billion).
He also forged letters claiming that Mathias Schauler, German’s ambassador to Uganda, Daniel Hogele, Bayern Munich football club Director for International Business and Strategy, and Christopher Baldwin, another Director in Bayern Munich, had recommended him as the football club’s representative in Uganda and that he had been given permission to legally make transactions on behalf of Bayern Munich.
Faded Socialite Kavuma was also charged with uttering false documents for accountability and forging land titles for land located in Munyonyo.
How a Suspended Sentence was Granted
After pleading guilty and being sentenced, Kavuma, through his family members asked the state to find ways of saving him from dyeing in prison as a result of unattended and deteriorating health.
This was after his lawyers warned him that he had a bad case and chances were high that he was going to rot in jail.
Due to his deteriorating health condition in prison, he got a suspended sentence. Should Kavuma try to do any fraudulent act, he goes back to jail and start serving his awaiting sentence.
What a Suspended Sentence means
A suspended sentence is the judicial delay of a defendant’s duty to start serving a sentence once he or she has been convicted or found guilty so that the defendant is able to perform an intervening probation period.
So long as the criminal defendant does not break the law an additional time during the probationary period and is able to meet the specific conditions set by the court for probation, the sitting judge normally eliminates the sentence entirely.
A suspended sentence usually remains on the defendant’s criminal record permanently. It is a fixture of the defendant’s criminal history forever.
Other Fraud-Related Crimes by Kavuma
This is not the first time, Kavuma Honest has been involved in Fraud, about 10 years ago, Kavuma who was staying in Finland conned money from colleagues and disappeared back to Uganda.
In 2017, Kavuma defrauded Nigerian businessman, Jay Florin Adebayo, Director of Citi Commodities $193m.
In January 2022, Kavuma was placed on Uganda Police Force’s wanted list after a two years’ accommodation debt of amounting to Ugx 170 million.
He allegedly escaped without clearing his bill of USD48,000 (Ugx 170, 253,504) that accumulated through accommodation and food at Speke apartments.