Over 5,000 Ugandan citizens have petitioned Parliament following a high-profile scam by cryptocurrency firm Dunamiscoins Resource Ltd.
According to a report by KMA Updates, more than 5,000 Ugandans submitted a petition seeking a refund over money invested in Dunamiscoins, which suddenly shuttered in December 2019. The fraudulent crypto firm billed itself as a privately owned company and claimed it was committed to providing complimentary crypto services to banks in order to benefit the low income and poor.
In late 2019, Dunamiscoins’s bank account was suddenly frozen, with petitioners arguing that more than UGX 23 billion ($6.2 million) in client funds was locked in the firm.
Arthur Asiimwe, de facto leader of the petitioners, told the Speaker and members of Parliament,
[The] government licensed this company and gave it the go-ahead to work as a non-deposit taking financial institution; it carried out its duties as a microfinance company. They gave unrealistic bonuses.
Asiimwe and other petitioners argued that Dunamiscoins was operating as a microfinance company despite being registered as a non-deposit financial institution. While two of the company’s three directors have been arrested, Managing Director Susan Awoni remains at large.
We are not satisfied with what the Police report that they have failed to arrest the third director. We request that the Financial Intelligence Authority follows this up and trace where the money is and we are refunded.
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