Ugandan authorities investigate fake passports saga
10 October 2013, 18:03
Kampala - Security agencies in Uganda are carrying out thorough investigations in a bid to establish the origin of fake passports which authorities fear could be used by terrorists to enter the country and kill innocent people like they did recently in Westgate mall where over 67 people were killed.
The situation has been made more urgent by media reports Thursday indicating that a Ugandan woman, identified as Anita Mbabazi, appeared before a Nairobi court Wednesday over charges of forging passports.
Mbabazi who was later granted bail, reportedly made fake passports in the name of Isack Nuur Jeelle purporting it to be a genuine passport and also made a Somali passport in the names of Fiza Aden Mohamed.
Uganda police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said that they are concerned about the fake passports because even in Uganda some people have been arrested in connection to issuing of fake passports.
Uganda's case is even more complicated because some of the fake passports were of VIP status.
Nabakooba said, "It is true that some people were arrested with fake passports. Some of them were fake VIP passports."
She said that the immigration department has started carrying out investigations concerning the fake passports saga.
A security officer in Kampala, Amos Kiiza, said that the issuance of fake passports is being taken seriously because terrorists can easily acquire them and they come into the country to cause havoc.
Kiiza said, "We are leaving no stone unturned as far as getting those who make fake passport is concerned. Such passports put our security at risk since wrong elements can use them to come into the country and carry out terrorism activities."
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