Kampala, 21 March 2019: South Sudan self-proclaimed millionaire Lawrance Malong Lual Yirol, son of rebel renege general Paul Malong Awan is again in hot water. The son of Paul Malong who is leading armed opposition to overthrow his former boss was on Thursday charged and remanded to Luzira high maximum-security prison in Kampala Uganda for theft and obtaining money by false pretense.
South Sudanese self-proclaimed millionaire, Lawrance Malong who claimed in video footage that his wealth was given to him by the Lord Jesus Christ was charged alongside with a Congolese national who is identified as Mike Okitalunyi and a Ugandan national Mr. James Byaruhanga, a busnessman in Kajjansi Entebbe Road. The trio was charged for obtaining money by false pretense.
The self-proclaimed millionaire Malong Lual Yirol and his co-accusers have on Thursday, appeared before Buganda Road Magistrate Court in Kampala, Uganda.
The presiding judge Ms. Joan Ketty Acaa read charges of obtaining money by false pretenses, however, the self-proclaimed millionaire Malong Lual Yirol and his friends have all denied the charges.
The presiding Magistrate Ms. Joan Acaa then remanded Malong Lual Yirol and his friends to Luzira prision until April 4, 2019, pending the hearing.
According to source who attended today's section of Court hearing, said Mr. Malong Lual Yirol, Mr. Mike Okitaluny, and Mr. James Byaruhanga, obtained money by false pretense from Mr. Wegnew a South African based businessman of Ethiopian origin in the name of gold business, Malong Lual and his friends have taken amount of US $1.9 million for 15 kilograms of gold but they have failed to deliver the said gold to Mr. Wegnew whose business is now facing bankruptcy in South Africa.
“When I paid them money for the kilogram, they told me that the shipment was not possible for small amounts. They asked me for more money such that they can ship five kilograms. I flew to Dubai but while there, they called me to Uganda and they told me to give them more money such that they could sell me 150kgs,” he said.
Opio Okello Onen