Uganda: Three Arrested Over Theft of Shs3m From Taxi Passenger

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Police in Kireka, Kira Municipality in Wakiso District are holding three people for allegedly stealing Shs3.1 million from a city commuter taxi passenger.

How it happened

In a police statement, Mr Brian Mukisa, also a resident of Kireka states that on April 29, 2018, he boarded a taxi Toyota Hiace registration number UBB 408U heading to Kyambogo University Chapel for prayers.

The driver of the taxi reportedly told him to firmly close the window, while the taxi conductor stealthily picked money from his laptop bag.

The driver and conductor would later claim the taxi has jerked from around Banda stage and Mr Mukisa had to alight.

However, the driver reportedly told Mukisa that since the vehicle had not reached the desired destination, he should not pay the fare. So he would take a boda boda to his destination.

On reaching out for pocket change to pay the boda boda rider, he realized his money was missing and when he tried to access the vehicle to check if he had dropped it, the driver sped off prompting him to take a picture of the taxi, and reported the case to Kireka police station.

Police say a case of theft vide SD REF. 29/29/04/2018 was opened and with the help from members of the public, police were able to follow the given leads and apprehend the suspects from the Northern bypass where they waited for passengers, also impounding the vehicle.

Mr Mukisa's incident came just two days after Daily Monitor published a story of how passengers are robbed in taxis.

In our story published on April 27, 2018, Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said thugs employ different tricks to rob passengers in taxis.

"We have arrested and prosecuted many thugs who use taxis to rob passengers. In all these cases, we have noticed that victims are always offered the front seat. They passenger is then told to tighten the door which they intentionally opened to switch his or her mind so that they can rob his items," Mr Owoyesigyire said.

He also lists others ranging from use of ropes, which they tie around the passenger's neck, to using chloroform.

Although Mr Owoyesigyire does not have statistics on the number of goons who have been apprehended and prosecuted over taxi robberies, he says such cases were common last year, especially in areas of Ntinda and Luzira in Nakawa Division and Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District.

A detective at KMP records desk says more than 37 cases of in taxi robberies were recorded in 2017, of which 118 suspects were arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.

Mr Mustafa Mayambala, the leader of taxi drivers in Kampala, told our reporter that robberies in taxis started around 1998 and increased in early 2000s when some people bought new taxis purposely to use them in robberies. He recollects that thugs could rob passengers and afterwards hide vehicles in compounds of powerful people in security and government.


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Publish date : 2018-05-04 07:41:23
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