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Man Arrested for Defrauding UGX 39m in Car Transaction

The General Crimes Commandant Francis Olugu said Kasibante stole the vehicle in Kampala and sold it to Pyem a renowned businessman in Pakwach district.
The police have arrested one Jamada Kasibante on allegations of defrauding 39 million shillings from Businessman Denis Pyem, in a car transaction.

The General Crimes Commandant Francis Olugu said Kasibante stole the vehicle in Kampala and sold it to Pyem a renowned businessman in Pakwach district.

Olugu said Pyem became suspicious after receiving information that the car he had just bought was stolen. Pyem filed a case at Pakwach police station and Kasibante was called to pick the remaining balance.

“When he went to pick the balance, he was arrested and detained. Since the case was already being followed by Katwe police station, he has since been transferred to Kampala,” Olugu said.

Investigations indicate that Kasibante stole the truck number UBD 986F eleven months ago when he had been entrusted by its owners to drive it for hire purposes and remit money on a daily basis.

Olugu said preliminary investigation point to a possibility of Kasibante having a racket that he works with to steal vehicles from unsuspecting people who they approach promising that they would be remitting profits regularly but disappear afterwards.

‘If someone is not organized, he cannot steal a vehicle and then sell it to upcountry places like Pakwach. We suspect Kasibante is part of a gang that is found of selling stolen cars to upcountry businessmen,” Olugu said.

Police crime report for 2018 shows cases of motor vehicle theft reduced to 1,200 from 1,442 cases in 2017. Of these, only 253 cases were taken to court, out of which fifty-one secured convictions, six cases were acquitted, thirty-three were dismissed and one hundred sixty-three cases were still pending.

Katwe police division registered the highest number of cases at 256, followed by Kawempe at 239 cases and Kampala East had 191 cases.