Uganda:Three held over stolen UN and South Sudan government vehicles

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 5 November 2016 saa 04:46
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Kampala- Three people are being held at the Central Police Station in connection with the theft of five vehicles belonging to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and South Sudan government.

Mr Herbert Muhangi, the Flying Squad Unit (FSU) commandant said the vehicles were stolen from South Sudan in the months of September and October.

He said the hunt for the suspects was launched after the South Sudan government alerted Uganda police that the vehicles were being hidden in Uganda.

“We launched our search for the criminals in the districts close to South Sudan border. We recovered the vehicles from garages in Arua and Koboko districts,” Mr Muhangi told Daily Monitor.

Mr Muhangi said two of the suspects are South Sudan nationals whileone is a Ugandan. He said the suspects are part of the racket that steals and smuggles vehicles from South Sudan into Uganda and vice versa.

“Cases of stolen vehicles from South Sudan and brought to Uganda are on rise. I think criminals are taking advantage of the political unrest,” he said.

The impounded vehicles are parked at Kampala Central Police Station.

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A convoy of UNHCR vehicles in South Sudan.