He says that when they stormed his room at Vienna Guest House they recovered over a billion shillings and unspecified US dollars. Brian Ssekiwunga, the Manager Vienna Guest House says he didnâ€™t see the money but the suspect claimed to be a national of three countries.
Masaka police have arrested a suspicious Somali national with huge sums on money. The suspect, whose identity has been withheld by security, was picked up from a meeting with some youths at Vienna Guest House in Masaka town on Wednesday evening. An intelligence officer who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to journalists says the suspect was picked up after he failed to account for his presence. The suspect had allegedly booked rooms at Vienna Guest House and Hotel Brovad.
He says that when they stormed his room at Vienna Guest House, they recovered over a billion shillings and unspecified amount of US dollars. Brian Ssekiwunga, the Manager Vienna Guest House says despite the fact that he didn’t see the money, the suspect claimed to be a national of three countries. He says initially the suspect told them he was from Kenya and Ethiopia but later said he was a Somali national.
Ssekiwunga says the failure by the suspect to state his true nationality triggered suspicion amongst security officers at the guest house prompting them to notify police. Noah Sserunjoji, the Greater Masaka Police spokesperson has confirmed the arrest but declined to reveal the particulars of the suspect. He says police is interrogating the suspect adding that, once he is found clean he will be released on bond.
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In his statement to police, the suspect says he is a Somali national. He said the money that was found on him was meant to clear his business dealings since he has plans to invest in Masaka. The suspect is currently being held at Masaka Central Police station. There is heightened security across the country following the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi Kenya last week, which left 69 people dead and 172 others injured. Another 62 people are still missing.