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Woman fined Shs200,000 for lying about her age

The Buganda Road Magistrates Court in Kampala has fined a woman, shs200,000 after pleading guilty to lying about her age.

Jacqueline Kaitesi, 40, a resident of Namugongo was on Wednesday arraigned in court and charged with alteration of her age while applying for a passport at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Kaitesi told immigration officers at the airport that she was 31 years as it was indicated on her passport. However, her appearance did not match her age, forcing the immigration officer to ask for her national identity card.

The national identity card revealed that she was born on December 1, 1980, which makes her 40 years and not 31.

Kaitesi informed magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu that it was an employee of Middle East Consultants a one Nicholas Twinomugisha who changed her age after she had paid him to help her process a passport.

Kaitesi was charged with unlawful alteration of a passport contrary to section 48[3] of the Uganda citizenship and immigration control act.

Kaitesi pleaded for leniency saying that she is a mother of two children aged 12 and 16 years. The children are currently living with her grandparents in Ibanda.

The trial grade one magistrate, Gladys Kamasanyu fined her to a tune of shs200,000 so to deter her or any other person from doing the same.

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