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Geoffrey Okiswa, the Serere Resident District Commissioner, says that Elegu has been working together with John Oryada who is still at large. Okiswa explains that Elegu revealed that he is a veteran while Oryada is a serving officer currently undergoing training at Lugazi.
Military Attire recovered from UPDF Imposters in Serere.

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Uganda People's Defense Force-UPDF is investigating a number of impostors masquerading as soldiers to enforce the curfew announced by the president to stop the spread of the corona virus. This follows the arrest of an impostor identified as James Elegu in Serere district.

He was found extorting money from residents at night using military attire. Elegu reportedly took advantage of the curfew to solicit money from the unsuspecting public during patrol hours.

  Police recovered six pairs of UPDF uniform and Shillings 3.9 million following his arrest. According to authorities, the suspect has been working as an informer for the Fishing Protection Unit- FPU at Kagwara Landing Site.

Geoffrey Okiswa, the Serere Resident District Commissioner, says that Elegu has been working together with John Oryada who is still at large. Okiswa explains that Elegu revealed that he is a veteran while Oryada is a serving officer currently undergoing training at Lugazi.

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He says that much as they received reports about the extortion, no community members have filed any complaint with police for investigations. “We hope that the arrest of these two will now encourage the community members who could have been conned to report the relevant authorities”, he said.    

Maj. Peter Mugisa, the 3rd Division Spokesman, says they are investigating the pair that he notes will be produced to Division Court Martial if they are found guilty.

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  Since the FPU operations started in Serere in January, some fishermen have reportedly been duped by uniformed men to pay money after being arrested with illegal fishing gears.