Lack of Funds Hinders Recovery of 15 Stolen Motorcycles

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He says that sometimes the detectives are left with no option but to ask the robbery victims to facilitate them.

The operations by Luweero Police to recover 15 motorcycles stolen from the district have hit a snag because of lack of funds. At least 23 motorcycles were stolen in Luweero district by iron bar hit men between June and August this year.

Police has only managed to recover 8 motorcycles and arrested eight suspects in connection to the theft. Samuel Bamuzibire, the Luweero District Police Commander says that the suspects were presented in court for theft and remanded to Butuntumula government prison. Bamuzibire says that they have also received clues on the remaining motorcycles but they lack funds to facilitate detectives to follow up the leads.

He explains that they need the money to hire a car, fuel and pay an out of pocket accommodation and meals allowance to the detectives assigned to follow up on the motorcycles. Bamuzibire however, says that they are running a tight budget and cannot afford to cater for such expenses.

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Benedict Kiwanuka, the officer in charge of Criminal Investigation Department Luweero Police Station says that the robbers are sophisticated with a lot of facilities, which requires police to get similar facilities so as to track them down. He says that sometimes the detectives are left with no option but to ask the robbery victims to facilitate them.

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Kiwanuka says that despite the fact that they are faced with several challenges, their operations to recover the motorcycles are still ongoing as they seek for support from the Kampala central Police station. But a detective, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that they are not willing to continue with the investigations unless Police provides funds for their operations.

Willy Muwonge, the chairperson Kasiiso boda boda says that they have lost trust in the competence of police since they have failed to successfully prosecute even a single robber. He wonders why the force lacks funds to carry out investigations yet it spends huge sums of money to buy tear gas to terrorize residents. James Mugema, another motorist appeals to Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police to look into the matter and release funds for the investigations because their colleagues are jobless since their motorcycles were stolen.

In July, 2012 Luweero Police scaled down its operation after it was hit by fuel shortage.


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.