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UPDF Officers in Foiled City Robbery; One Arrested

Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has announced the arrest of one of its officers and is hunting for two others who were involved in a botched robbery in down town Kampala.

The heist which was foiled by Police happened yesterday at Mitshumi Computer Garage along Dewinton Drive, opposite Spear House Road at around 1:30pm.

The garage belongs to Indian investors, who were the target of the group, according to the army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire.

The army mouthpiece identified the arrested suspect as Cpl Isoke, whereas his accomplice is on the run.

Three other men who were part of the gang, claimed to work for the Uganda Revenue Authority.

The robbers, Karemire says, came driving in two UPDF vehicles, a Prado and a van.

Their intention was to extort money from the store owners under the pretext of law enforcement over the business’s tax arrears.

Karemire says the officers had seized a number of computers from the shop which they claimed they were impounding over the company’s failure to pay taxes.

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“13 computers which were already loaded on the van purportedly due to the company’s failure to pay taxes were impounded,” Karemire said.

“Also found at the scene were URA seals and documents related to tax collection.”

Karemire says the army was working with Police, URA and the store owners to arrest the rest of the group.

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