By Emmanuel Omona
Residents of Akurukwe village in Lacor Parish, Gulu district have said that there is a new breed of con men who they claimed are using fake currencies to buy seeds from farmers.
Lillian Laywelo, one of the residents claimed that the con men who are suspected to have come from central part of Uganda are using the fake money mainly of 50,000 shilling notes.
Laywelo maintained that on Tuesday, she was given a note of 50,000 shillings after selling her sack of maize but when she went to a shop to buy sugar she was shock to hear that she was given fake money. “I was very shocked and the man took my maize for free”, Laywelo explained.
Tabbu Okello, a another residents claimed that he sold 6 bags of charcoal to a ‘muganda’ man whom she does not know and one of the 50,000 shillings note was fake. “I only realized when he had already gone with the charcoal and there was nothing I could do”, Okello said.
The residents want the police in Gulu to investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.
However, Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Police spokesperson for Aswa region said that they were not yet aware of the matter. He however urged the residents to report such incidences as soon as possible.