Police say they have arrested a man who has been demanding money with menace from taxi operators after claiming that they stole his property and forces them to compensate him.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson SSP Patrick Onyango, Sam Mukooza July 2020 reported at police a case of theft of his property that included a laptop, two pairs of trousers and shoes by occupants of motor vehicle registration number UAY 255D.
And as aaresult, Police impounded the motor vehicle to investigate the case. The taxi driver Livingstone Mpagi and his conductor Nuwa Lutaya were arrested in the process.
“Mukooza immediately started negotiating with the suspects and their relatives to pay back his property.
He asked for Shs1,600,000, but they settled at Shs 350,000.
He was given the money without police’s knowledge,” Onyango said.
Onyango added, “the detectives processed the case file and the State Attorney advised that the suspects be taken to court.”
Mukooza, Onyango said however pleaded with the police saying he had lost interest in the file since he had already been compensated.
Case closed but unknowingly to the Police, one Sam Kaja reported a case of theft of his property in a taxi registration number UAL 768U at Kanyanya Police Station.
Both the driver and conductor of the vehicle were subsequently arrested but later released on police bond. The vehicle however remained at the Police Station.
Luck was nolonger at Mukooza’s side as the taxi driver Ssentongo, was escorted by Mpagi to follow up his impounded taxi at Kanyanya Police Station.
To his shock, Mpagi found out that the same man(Mukooza) who claimed that he stole his property, was one that had registered another criminal case against his colleague using different names.
He immediately alerted the police who arrested him and an investigation, Onyango said started.
Thus, “it has been established that he has been using the different names to make false allegations against taxi operators to demand money with menace.”
Police said Mukooza at one point used the name James Kakooza to lodge an offence of theft in another case against a taxi driver and conductor at Bweyogerere Police Station.
“He is currently detained at Wandegeya Police Station on charges of demanding property by menace,” Onyango revealed.
“We appeal to other taxi operators if this man at one time he reported a case against them, to go to Wandegeya and we retrieve that file,” the KMP spokesperson appealed through a statement on Sunday.