Haruna Sentongo: Fraud Allegations Exposed His Face (Latest Update 2023)

The Commercial Division of the High Court has ordered Haruna Sentongo to repay Orient Bank US $ 10.38 billion in mortgages.

Justice Richard Wejuli Wabwire also awarded Orient USh150 million in damages and 22% interest from the default date till Sentongo pays the payment in his decision on December 23, 2022.

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Haruna Sentongo and Orient Bank sued each other in 2018 and 2019 over loan facilities issued to Sentongo in 2015 to pay for the construction and completion of Nakayiza Mall and another credit facility to finance garment importation.

However, the court ordered that the two applications be merged to resolve the issues immediately.

Why Was Haruna Sentongo Ordered To Repay Orient Bank Shs10.3b?

According to court documents, Haruna Sentongo accused Orient of extortion, duress, undue influence, dishonesty, and other offenses for illegally contracting him into credit facilities with inaccurate and unfair terms and conditions to enrich itself at his expense.

Sentongo’s lawyer Arnold Kimara said, “The conduct performance exposed him to excessive loss of income, the risk of exposure, psychological torture, and mental anguish.

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Orient Bank

As a result, Sentongo asked for multiple remedies, including USh500 million in damages for lost business and rental income from February 2016 to the present, as well as the dismissal of Orient’s claims.

What is the definition of fraud as a crime?

Fraud is punishable by jail or a fine. A fraud conviction could result in a sentence of up to three years in jail. The maximum prison term for a more serious fraud, such as one committed against an agency of the government, is six years.

Orient, represented by lawyer Ronald Oine, said in its defense that it had given different credit facilities to Sentongo since May 2015, all of which Sentongo had failed on before asking for loan consolidation.

Haruna Sentongo’s joint default position after consolidation was USh9.69 billion, with unpaid interest totaling USh184.9 million, for a total outstanding amount of USh10.38 billion.

26/12/2023 Update
As of now, Haruna Sentongo has not responded, nor has he apologized for his misdeeds. He has ignored our efforts to highlight the problems faced by his victims. Furthermore, he has only focused on propagating his fake PR.

Further Allegations Against Haruna Sentongo

Orient Bank also accused Sentongo of transferring funds intended for the development of Nakayiza Mall without informing the bank, even though the earnings from the projected rent produced from the commercial property were scheduled to be part of the loan payback plan.

According to court filings,  Sentongo continued to default on his repayments even after the consolidation of his credit facilities, causing the bank to issue demand notices, which the billionaire neglected.

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Haruna Sentongo

As a result, Orient issued a notice of sale for the mortgaged properties. However, court documents show that Sentongo asked permission to sell a portion of his land to fix his current condition.

Orient agreed to let Sentongo sell a portion of the property for $700,000 on the condition that $600,000 go to loan repayment, with future recoveries carried out in due course.

However, Sentongo again failed, leading Orient to advertise his mortgaged properties for further collection of USh10.38 billion, general damages, and expenses.

Who is Haruna Sentongo?

Haruna Sentongo is a Ugandan businessman, the founder, and CEO of Haruna Enterprises, a real estate firm based in Kampala, Uganda.

He is one of Uganda’s richest persons, with a net worth of US$420 million. Haruna was born on November 30, 1987, in Kalungu, Masaka District, Central Uganda Region. 

He is the son of hajji Haruna Segawa and Nakayija Jalia, part of a Kampala-based family with significant land holdings.

Haruna attended Masaka Primary School, Kabojja International School in Kampala, and East High School in Ntinda for his O-Level studies. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Makerere University.

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He started trading in home and office furniture in 2005 through a distribution company in Kampala, and with reasonable profits, he expanded into the garment trade in 2007. He could bring ladies’ clothing from Southeast Asia and distribute them around the Great Lakes region.  He could then purchase commercial lands in several Kampala City areas.

In 2011, he established Haruna Enterprises Limited, a private company with limited liability, through which he constructed Haruna Towers using financing sources from various Uganda Commercial Banks. With increased cash inflows, he began to buy substantial land areas and build new markets and malls.

Conclusion

Justice Wabwire stated that he examined both parties’ submissions. After thorough consideration, he concluded that Orient was entitled to the remedies asked for. As a result, Justice Wabwire concluded that Orient had the right to seek damages because Haruna Sentongo subjected it to extended periods of non-repayment.

“The plaintiff, Sentongo, is owed USh10,38 billion by the defendant, Orient Bank.” “The plaintiff is ordered to repay the entire sum,” he said, noting that Orient suffered economic strangulation and commercial distress. Among other things, Justice Wabwire dismissed Sentongo’s action against Orient and awarded the bank interest on the outstanding sum of Shs10.38m as well as the costs of the suit.

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  1. Avoid this firm at all costs and make sure you are never indulged with this firm if you are interested into generate some passive income after investing with some firm then Haruna Santiago isn’t the right place, I will request you to search for a better option rather than wasting your money and time with Harsuna, a complete pack of scams and fraudulent schemes, this man has got several lawsuits over his head and is always busy in paying the fine and other settlements, so the only thing which you can do is avoid them at all cost.

  2. Here the most appreciable thing is the decision of the court they provided them with the perfect punishment it is very important to avoid such firms from investing so that they can never get the opportunity for scamming you, there are several other legitimate firms for investing so before investing it is important to get some past information of the firm, then only invest your money for best results it is important to be sure. Otherwise, if you will go through their previous frauds then you will get to know that they are not trustworthy for investing with, avoid investing with them, as there are several schemes which are displayed for misleading their clients, and then the only thing which is performed which is looting your money.

  3. If you will look into his experience regarding his business then you will get to know that he isn’t reliable for investing with so make sure you are never wasting your time behind these crimes so avoid investing with these fraudsters, not reliable for investing your money, search for some better option in the market they were never a legitimate firm for investing which has made their people suffer after showing trust on them.

  4. The government needs to provide these criminals with the most threatening punishment for making them aware of the government and its power so that a full stop can be put before their crime, so make sure you are aware of these criminals. He is running a real estate business according to the records but the reality is far more different from this, as the investors never go through their criminal past and are always trying to fraud their clients, rather than wasting your money with Haruna Sentongo you can invest with some other firm, thus be sure before investing these people as they are searching for the ways to get your money, and at the end you will end up losing your money to get the perfect platform for investing your savings. If you are not aware of this man, Haruna is the richest person in Uganda with a $420 million net worth, you can imagine how he earned that much, the answer is clearly after stealing the money of his investors, so avoid dealing with these people, investing with them means wasting your money. His main aim is to interact with the dealers and investors and after having the money this doesn’t matter whatsoever the consequences would be for stealing their money. He had also got experience in dealing with the furniture sector, so he has got all the work experience but yes he had also learned how to scam their people, it is very much important to be secure for being safe with your money.

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