By our reporter

Police have arrested a city businessman also politician on suspicion of conning an American businessman of shs575 million in a fake gold deal.

The suspect identified as Muhammad Leon Kasule also known as “Big Boy” is currently being investigated upon at Kibuli CID headquarters.

In 2011 general elections, Kasule competed during the NRM primaries for Kampala Lord Mayor seat though he lost the slot to Peter Sematimba.

The CID spokesperson Vincent Ssekate said that Kasule’s arrest came after receiving a complaint from a member of Ugandans Living in the Diaspora called Florence Kiremerwa.

He said that in the month of June 2017, Kilemerwa met Richards who had gone to the DRC embassy in the United States to get a visa to Congo to buy Gold. She then connected him to Kasule for help.

Huge amounts of money meant for purchase of gold were channelled through Kiremerwa’s Eco Bank accounts to Kasule.

When Kilemerwa realised that she had been conned,complained to the prime minister for intervention and when this didn’t work out decided to report the case to police.

Sekate said that police is currently investigating whether the said millions of money were fraudulently obtained as well as if money received by Kilemerwa from Richards was sent to Kasule.

A case file no. GEF 784/2017 has been opened up and Kasule is being detained at Kabalagala Police Station.