The vehicles include four Range Rover Sport each valued at 500 million Shillings, as well as several discovery vehicles, are Totota Hilux pickups estimated to cost between 200 and 350 million Shillings. All the vehicles, at both Interpol and URA, were manufactured between 2017 and 2020 and were shipped to Uganda from Dubai, where they were taken after being stolen.
At least 20 Luxurious vehicles valued at more than 3.7 billion Shillings have been impounded by the Uganda
National Central Bureau also known as Interpol –Uganda. The vehicles were reportedly stolen from the United Kingdom, Japan and
the Republic of South Africa.
vehicles include four Range Rover Sport each valued at 500 million
Shillings, as well as several discovery vehicles, are Totota Hilux
pickups estimated to cost between 200 and 350 million Shillings. All the
vehicles, at both Interpol and URA, were manufactured between 2017 and
2020 and were shipped to Uganda from Dubai, where they were taken after being stolen.
Joseph Obwana, the Deputy Director of Interpol, said some of
the vehicles were impounded during the recent joint operations targeting smuggled
goods. They are now parked at the Interpol offices in Kololo and at the Uganda Revenue Authority-URA offices in Nakawa.
vehicles had already been purchased by Ugandans. That is why we are asking
Ugandans to always question how they are brought here. Come to Interpol and crosscheck before you lose your money. Some are
just bought and once they are brought here for verification they test positive,” Obwana said.
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Five years ago, British detectives, who were tracing a Lexus stolen
from London located it in Uganda alongside a fleet of British
cars worth more than 1 million British pounds.
vehicle a Lexus RX450h valued at 50,000 Pounds was fitted with a
state-of-the-art tracking device which activated when it was taken from
west London. Its journey was traced across Europe, the Middle East and
Africa, through a smartphone app until it was found in Kampala, where
another 28 other cars were found, exposing an international car theft
The vehicles which were subsequently
returned to the UK included Range Rovers, Audi
Q7s and BMW X5s. According to Obwana, the authorities in Kampala are now
working with the Asset
Protection Unit, the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and
Interpol, to ensure that the vehicles are returned to the owners, a
process which he says takes a while to complete.
speaking to Uganda Radio Network –URN after a media address by Interpol
Director Charles Birungi on overwhelming numbers of applicants seeking
Certificate of Good Conduct, forgeries done by unscrupulous people as
well as conmen
targeting applicants in a rush.
said some conmen are charging people over 300,000 Shillings yet the known fee
is 76,000. Birungi said they are handling more than 500
people every day which sometimes causes delays and impatient people end up falling
into the hands of fraudsters.
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of Good Conduct is a document produced by combining data with forensic
of criminal records and Interpol data on international criminal records.
It is most wanted when one is seeking employment in international
organisations, Visa, work permit, abroad jobs or admission in internal
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.