KAMPALA — Ugandan-American entrepreneur and investment trader, Paul Mwesigwa Migadde has petitioned President Museveni to intervene after a Uganda Revenue Authority customs bonded system, Kenfreight Uganda stole his commercial cargo and personal belongings worth $ 2,465,852.
Migadde, a son to former Vice President Dr. Samson B. M. Kisekka also wants other anti-graft agencies including State House Anti-Corruption Unit headed by Col. Edith Nakalema to join in and help him to receive fairness.
Paul Migadde, the Executive Director, Infinite Multi Solutions, LLC, an American company and dully registered in Uganda told this website that a URA custom Bonded Warehouse, Kenfreight Uganda manipulated the system and stole all his consignments whose taxes had been paid, under a very sophisticated and syndicated manner
According to shipping documents seen by this website, the alleged cargo contained in a 4x40ft sea shipping containers plus a vehicle, Ford Excursion.
“I’m seeking for His Excellency, Yoweri Museveni’s intervention into the matter! I request to receive fairness and have these inhuman & ruinous actions done by custom Bonded Warehouses in Uganda, never happen to companies and private individuals in the future,” Mr. Migadde wrote in a letter to the President.
He added: “And I also pray that he culprits are dug out from the Uganda Revenue’s Custom System.”
Col. Nakalema on Monday December 6 said that government has built a lot of capacity to crack down all forms of sophisticated and syndicated theft and corruption tendencies.
Background and stolen items
Migadde in mid-2015 returned to Uganda from the United State of America to establish a multi-functional investment businesses under Infinite Multi Solutions, LLC. He also returned with investment assists, personal and household effects worth $2.5M.
Migadde also shipped into the country over 1557 pieces of products in different quantities that were attractive and sellable items.
He says this was his company’s investment backbone and that all the cargo were essential to the survival of his company
“The goods/cargo were superbly selected for easy marketing and optimal quality for the livelihood of Ugandans,” Migadde told UG Standard.
Key among the goods were hospital equipment and Furniture, Hospital Electronics and dental equipment, Office equipment, sundry supplies and hotel furniture, other hospitality entities, Restaurant equipment & Gadgets, household furniture, commodities, food server systems & commercial kitchen equipment.
Others were, his personal effects, including
INFINITE MULTI SOLUTIONS LLC’s (2) Company Desktop computers and (2) Laptops Computers, with Barcode Scanners, Printers, Intellectual Business Concept Software, Developmental Company operational and management Software, Business Factions Software, Company Soft Document Copies and Marketing Involution Software, Company Top Business Sophisticated Secrets, Priceless Arts of Work, Innovative Collections of DATA and Documents of Critical Researched Information.
“My personal laptop and a desktop computers, had on them all of my installed educational software, all my college work notes, other Data & E-books, personal information and documents that are priceless and there’s no way I will ever get them Back in life! (lifetime damage)”
“The most depressing situation and position that I was personally pushed into, all my personal and household effects that were “Tax Exempted” and my SUV Truck 2004 Ford Excursion, (which may be the only one in country) were all corruptly stolen from me!”
“My personal and household effects were quite precious, and some priceless. i.e. like any organized person out there, it takes a long period of time to put together home essentials and at times very expensively & depending on where they are bought, no price tag can be put on those household properties which I lost to those organized thieves and hold lots of attachments to me, and the emotional damage is for a lifetime!” he wrote in a very detailed letter to the President.
How Cargo was stolen
Migadde claims that some Kenfright staff opened his eyes to a planned collusion between URA posted representative at the Warehouse and top Kenfrieght management staffs, who stole his goods and used the Ugandan court system to “accomplish their theft”.
They bought cargo shipping containers without my approval because they wanted to make it intentionally hard for me to pay accumulated costs,” he said noting that the container replacement value was $21.780.00 and after paying this sum, the containers would have been his.
“But they then said that the containers were Kenfreight properties! And that actual total bill that I was to pay should have been $32,718.65 only, (that is ICD Costs) instead, they presented to court a more than $80,000.00 bill.”
He added: “Their greediness surfaced when they saw the value and the quality of the goods, on the original packing lists which were then changed in order for them to under pay the URA taxes; such changes were done without my consent.”
He says the whole processes had in illegalities and one thing followed to another until he lost his whole consignment.
“Their knowing that I had lived out of the country for a long time, lured them into engaging in many tricks up to the extent of the manager suggesting to offer me some money in exchange for the goods because I wouldn’t manage Uganda’s business atmosphere!”
He added: “They knowingly and willfully, twisted the Law to acquire legal advantages plus violating customs regulations, until they pushed their Lawyer into drafting an agreement that I was to sign alone with them! This Customs Bonded Warehouse hides behind Ugandan tax body (URA) using falsehood against URA in order to surplice and torment me to give into their demand”.
“Lastly, I declined to accept all the wrong offers and the advances that were made to me because, we have invested in this vision a lot of time, money and loans (both in USA and Uganda). INFINITE MULTI SOLUTIONS LLC is co-owned by different American citizens and they all injected into the company their life savings and took in loans in order for the company to be established. We also have clutch of businesses that trust us back in the U.S. Pointedly, the business ethics that I live by as an entrepreneur, restrain me from behaving cunningly. Also, it wasn’t my plan to sell my SUV truck. I being a returning resident, it didn’t come to their mind that INFINITE MULTI SOLUTIONS LLC is a USA company and our sole purpose for bringing in the goods they stole, was to invest in Uganda”.
“They coerced me into signing an agreement they generated purporting that; I had consented to bind me in the content of the agreement! They even refused to host my Counsel and my family members, whom I had gone with as witnesses to the process!”
“Therefore, it was only themselves, their Counsel, the Company’s General Manager and the Operations Manager, who signed the documents on their part and committed me to sign, claiming that; if I did not sign they would sell my cargo. Kenfreight (U) Ltd, prepared a letter to Maersk Line Shipping Company, alleging that I had abandoned my cargo in their warehouse. In the end, Kenfreight used the uganda Judicial System, to misappropriate all my cargo worth $2,465,852.05, including the tax exempted container with personal effects and the vehicle under the fraudulent charge that, I had failed to pay the taxes on my Imports, as well as their due charges, for clearing my cargo.
“They then executed a court case against me (exparte) in my absence because I was neither served with case proceeding nor notified. Since that time, key Kenfreight staff, have been threatening my life and the life of those who try to help me! This led me into hiding for some time. Kenfreight and some other custom bonded warehousing companies in Uganda, use highly sophisticated extortion methods, to extract valuables from importers! It is an organized syndicate that has a lot of players in different organs of the Ugandan government, I have since discovered!”
Migadde had paid over UGX.85 million to URA in taxes.
A Uganda Revenue Authority spokesperson told this website that the tax body would investigate the scam also announce regulatory sanctions against Kenfrieght.
Migadde cries out to President Museveni for rescue
A highly frustrated entrepreneur and investment trader claims that, Kenfright Uganda Limited, a URA Custom Bonded Warehouse operates an unlawful deprivation and thieving system that is against government’s agenda of inviting investors into the country.
“It’s unimaginable and inconceivable. Unspecting importers are targeted and fallen into their traps”, he explained in a detailed letter to President Museveni.
He says the company’s prospects, personal development and future goals and those of other people behind him have been ruined in this highly syndicated theft.
“When I tried to follow up on them, they abducted me for over six hours…I was asked many questions relating to my goods and cargo that was later stolen. Also, I was asked the relationship I had with the late Vice President, Dr. Samson Kisekka… Am strongly suspecting that my being alive today has something to do with the late Dr. Samson Kisekka and being an American Citizen, crushed their plans”
“I have been threatened on phone calls and followed almost every place around Kampala that I travel on, they stalked me for 1 ½ years and then I had to restrict my movements and stayed low for some time”.
“I’m crying out to you the, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, humbly requesting for your intervention into our investment predicaments caused by Uganda Revenue Custom Bonded Warehousing system”.