Police officers arrested for stealing Shs 60m exhibit

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Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga addressing journalists.

Kampala, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | Eight police officers from the Kira-Police Division in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District, have been arrested for allegedly stealing sixty million shillings, which had been submitted as exhibit.

Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, revealed during a press briefing at Police Headquarters Naguru that out of the 192 million stolen from Shatrah Namata, an employee of a hardware shop in Lungujja, only 160 million reached the police.

“The lady told Police that they were going to bank 192 million shillings, but the first mistake the officers made was not to count that money immediately on the scene, so it’s hard to tell whether it was 160 or 192 million shillings,” Enanga said.

Enanga explains that of the 160 million the officers reported at Police, another 30 million shillings got lost in the process of counting the exhibit.

“Our cameras are showing us that when the money reached the counter of Police, some of our officers poured it on the flow for counting. But an undisciplined officer stole another 30 million,” Enanga added.

As investigations progress, a team has arrested eight police officers. The police patrol, assisted by boda-boda riders, intercepted three suspects traveling in a Toyota Noah with registration number UBN 360N at Naalya roundabout.

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During the operation, two suspects were apprehended, while one attempted to flee and was injured by police gunfire before being captured. A bag containing cash was seized and presented as evidence to Kira-Division Police.

This incident underscores a recurring problem of exhibits being stolen by police officers, reminiscent of a 2022 case where five officers from Katwe Police Division were arrested for destroying evidence by setting fire to an office.

This recent arrest follows the apprehension of suspected armed individuals who had allegedly stolen over 192 million shillings destined for a bank in Kampala’s Lungujja suburb.