Police in Mbale district have arrested a man who has been masquerading as an employee of UMEME, an electricity distribution company.
Ronnie Edube, a resident of Mukanga, Bukasakhya sub-county, Mbale district, has allegedly been extorting money from unsuspecting customers under the guise of protecting them from the annoying power disconnections.
Diana Nandawula, the eastern region spokesperson, says that the angry clients who realized that they were paying a lot of money for a hoax service provider brought the matter to the attention of the police.
Nandawula said that Edube had picked money from three people promising to reconnect them and also provide them with meters. He picked shs 300,000 from one James Musuba, a resident of industrial area, another shs 320,000 from one Mustafa Mugeta of Namatala and shs 300,000 from Maliza Namono.
Edub'e's luck ran out when the power company disowned him.
Police say that Edube will be charged for impersonation and obtaining money by false pretence.
Police has launched for manhunt for the other remaining thugs to face the law on charges of aggravated robbery.