The suspect identified as Shafik Bakulu Mpagi was today arrested by Mini Price Police following a tip off from his close friend who saw him begging at the entrance of Mukwano Arcade with a faked amputated hand.
Police rushed to the scene and ordered him to remove the clothes he had covered his hand with and all the by passers were shocked.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said Mpagi has been covering his hand with dirty rugs faking to be amputated in order to collect as much money as he can from unsuspecting sympathizers.
“There are a number of people that pretend to be needy through begging on the streets just the same way as Mpagi has been doing therefore kind hearted and well meaning people are in danger of being misled,” Owoyesigyire said.
Mpagi revealed that he had been into the begging business for three months saying he was earning 20,000 Uganda shillings everyday especially from areas of Equatorial Mall and Mukwano Arcade and attributed this act to joblessness.
Mpagi a resident of Kisenyi, Muzana Zone is currently detained at Mini Price Police Station and charged with public nuisance vide SD 21/24/06/2018.
Police were responding to a spike in the number of fake beggars operating in the city.