Counter Terrorism Police, under its Tourism Unit this morning arrested the proprietor of a Kampala based tour company, who is accused of defrauding his foreign clients.
The suspect, Michael Ahabwe was picked up by police, working with officials from Uganda Tourism Board.
Through his company, Mushra Travel Agency, Ahabwe is said to have defrauded a family of tourists from the United States, who came here for a holiday, only to try in vain to trace him.
According to one Hope Nankunda, whose complaint was followed up by UTB leading to the arrest, Ahabwe received “thousands of dollars” from the couple and their two children, who then flew in from Boston for their 15-day holiday.
On arriving in the country however, Nankunda says, they couldn’t locate the operators of the tour company.
“The company people have switched off their phones and neither do they respond to their emails,” she said.
“After receiving money for activities, hotels and transport around the country, this is how they pay back the innocent clients who are visiting Uganda for the first time?
Police and the UTB on Friday morning, launched an operation and were able to arrest and detain Mr Ahabwe.
“He is now in police custody,” said UTB Spokesperson Sandra Natukunda.
This, according to Nankunda, was not the first time, Mushra Travel Agency was defrauding their clients.
UTB, together with Tourism Police and other sector stakeholders last year launched an aggressive campaign to weed out criminal elements in the tourism industry.
Tour Operators in Uganda under their association, AUTO, say it is hard at times to take action against such tour companies, especially those that aren’t registered with the association.