By Van Deguras
KABALE: Police in Kabale district are holding a 3rd year student of Kabale University over a series of robberies and posing as an Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officer.
The suspect, identified as Kakuru Tumusiime Gaston 26, is a native of Rwamabodo Town Council in Kajara County in Ntungamo District, and he is pursuing an education in literature in English.
Kakuru has been renting in Nyakambu cell, southern division, Kabale municipality.
The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate, said that the suspect is alleged to have robbed Joseph Nuwagaba, a businessman, of over 1.5 million shillings and a phone on December 1, 2022, at around 9:00 p.m. at Mwisi.
The victim is a resident of Nkombe cell, Bushuro parish, Kitumba subcounty.
Maate told journalists on Thursday that on April 15, 2023, the suspect robbed Patrick Aharizira, a resident of Butobere cell, central division, of his motor vehicle registration number UAT856J premio in Nyakitoro cell, Mwanjari ward, Southern division.
The regional police mouthpiece asserted that the suspect also robbed Naboth Twongyeirwe, a health worker at Bubare trading center in Rubanda district, of a mobile phone, a radio, a watch, and 50,000 shillings.
Maate narrated that the suspect also stole four laptops from fellow students of Kabale University, identified as Caroline Dushimana in March 2023, Goreti Taremwa in November 2021, Lillian Nsimenta on December 8, 2022, and Precious Ekyamagero on September 23, 2022, and sold them off.
The police officer also disclosed that the suspect stole a phone from Edith Orikyiriza on April 15, 2023, and from Muhindo Mutiny, three phones, 23,000 shillings, and a phone charger on April 15, 2023, all students of Kabale University.
“It’s alleged that there were always three men during the robberies and that he was at times calling himself to be a UPDF lieutenant; he was arrested with a shirt similar to that of a UPDF madoadoa,’’ Maate added.
Maate requested that anyone who could have been robbed should report to Kabale Central Police Station for further management while police are still investigating the other two suspects.
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