Luckily enough, Kangave’s vehicle has been recovered hidden in one of the perimeter walls in Bunamwaya, Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality, Wakiso district. The suspect who had stolen Kangave’s vehicle has been identified by one name Ben and he is detained with Mugisha. Ben’s arrest came after he landed in Flying Squad’s covert operatives as he searched for the prospective buyer.
Jude Mugisha, an adult male Ugandan who has been posing as a professor from Makerere University has been arrested
over numerous car thefts.
Flying Squad Commandant Assistant Commissioner of
Police –ACP Andrew Kaggwa, a few days ago assigned a team to hunt for the "professor" after receiving close to 20 car theft complaints.
been targeting car hire dealers as well as those who have put sale notices on
their cars. Some of the complainants have told Flying Squad that Mugisha would
approach them, smartly dressed and introduce himself as a Professor at Makerere
University then afterwards describe the kind of a car he needed to hire for his
would accept to pay any amount of money the car owners would ask him to pay. In order
to win car owners’ trust, Mugisha would show them his identity card in addition
to leaving behind his business cards.
statement, Mugisha said he would win the car owners’ trust by appearing dressed in
suits and would make sure to return the cars on the first hire. He further
explained that if someone had various types of cars for hire, he would begin
by hiring the one which is a beat cheaper and return it.
“If I found
a person having expensive cars, I would begin by hiring like a Raum or Wish," Mugisha narrated before Flying Squad’s interrogation team. "I
would make sure I return it and the next day, I hire another which is a bit
expensive and in the process, I would be trusted. On the third time, I would
choose the one I targeted to sell to my waiting client.”
For cars in
bonds and those which individuals had put on sale, Mugisha would send his
accomplices or in rare instances approach the dealers himself as a genuine buyer. In order to hoodwink a person selling his car, he would give deposit of a million shillings or
even more, depending on its sale value.
a resident of Lubaga, narrated that his Toyota Hilux UAX 393D was stolen early
this month by a person who disguised as a buyer. He said he had never seen
anyone attempting to steal his car until he put a sale notice on it.
“He came and
asked to test drive but he disappeared. I got scared when the person failed to
return in the few minutes he had promised. I rushed to Nateete police station
and I opened a case. The person who took it was not a stranger because he had earlier
befriended me,” Kangave said.
Kangave’s vehicle has been recovered hidden in one of the perimeter walls premises in Bunamwaya,
Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality, Wakiso district. The suspect who had stolen
Kangave’s vehicle has been identified by one name Ben and he is detained with
Mugisha. Ben’s arrest came after he landed in Flying Squad’s covert operatives
as he searched for the prospective buyer.
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In the last
three months, Flying Squad has recovered more than 40 stolen cars. Mugisha
alias Professor is linked to theft of at least 13 cars most of which had
already been sold to his clients in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
of Police –SCP Fred Enanga has reminded car owners to utilize simple security
devices that can be installed in the steering wheel, pedals, and gear levers.
Enanga said people have become too relaxed on securing their vehicles.
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.