By Francis Otucu
An official of Uganda revenue Authority (URA) have been named as part of the racket terrorizing Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) and its neighborhood in motorcycle robbery.
Well-placed sources say the role of the said official is to print fresh logbooks for stolen motorcycles at between Shs30, 000 and Shs60, 000 so as to ready them for sale.
The revelation was made after the police busted the gang, arresting nine.
THE ARREST, SUSPECTS
Recently, a report of stealing two motorcycles was registered at Bukalanga Police Post under Kakiri Division by Elijah Kiwanuka, 33, a businessman and a resident at Kikubampanga zone, Kakiri Town Council in Wakiso District. That in the night of September 30, 2020, unknown people broke into his house and stole two motorcycles registration numbers; UDR 663Q and UDL 710Z (all Bajaj Boxer).
The police opened up inquiries, visited the scene of crime and relevant statements were recorded.
Nine suspects were arrested in connection to this crime while nine motorcycles were recovered in the operation with the following registration numbers; UDX 262Q, UDL 710Z, UDX 189U, UDR 663Q, UDR 744R, UEX 962Q, UDH 661D, UEB 978G and UDV 178N.
During the investigations, four forged logbooks were recovered from the suspects.
Police established that in the night September 30, 2020, thugs broke in the house of the complainant had parked the two motorcycles, stealing them.
Fortunately, motorcycle Reg. No. UDR 663Q belonging to the complainant was sold to John Kityo who incidentally works with the complainant at the same Boda Boda stage in Kakiri Town Council.
The complainant saw his motorcycle with Kityo at the stage and he inquired how Kityo got that motorcycle.
Kityo revealed that he bought the said motorcycle from Joseph Mukasa, a mechanic at Kiwawu village in Mityana district at Shs1M.
Kityo was brought to police by the complainant together with the exhibit motorcycle Reg No. UDR 663Q where he was tasked by the police to lead them to the whereabouts of Mukasa, whom he alleged, sold to him the said motorcycle.
Mukasa was arrested at Mityana with the help of Kityo. Mukasa is a motorcycle mechanic.
On interrogation, Mukasa revealed that he bought the said motorcycle at Shs850, 000 with an original logbook was given to him after the payment.
While Mukasa was being brought to Kakiri, he sighted Ibra Kayemba at Bujuuko Town and Kayemba was accordingly arrested. Kayemba, the chief architect of this crime was interrogated and revealed to police that he steals and sells both old and new motorcycles from almost every part of the country.
Police managed to arrest seven suspects and recovered seven other motorcycles (Bajaj boxers)
During the probe, it was established that Kayemba was dealing with some unscrupulous employees at URA Nakawa in forging logbooks.
A broker, Samuel Okoori was arrested by the police during the probe.
Upon interrogation, he claimed forwarding number plates to a one Mukasa, an employee of URA, who prints logbooks for Kayemba at a price ranging from Shs30, 000 and Shs60, 000 per logbook.
It was also established these logbooks could be packed in envelopes, delivered by Okoori to a mobile money attendendant at URA gate. The mobile money operator has been identified as Grace Nassuna. It is from Nassuna that Kayemba picked his number plates.
On interrogation, Nassuna feigned ignorance about the crime but she revealed she gave the envelopes to Kayemba without knowing its contents.
KMP spokesman, Patrick Onyango revealed in a statement, “This an organized criminal racket which is terrorizing the areas of Wakiso, Mityana, Mubende, Kayunga, Nakaseke, Luweero and the surrounding areas.” He added: “A concerted effort is to be made to arrest, prosecute, follow up and disband this criminal gang and their activities to make sure our Boda Boda riders are safe as they perform their daily duty.”