Man shows up with snake at immigration offices, says it’s his brother

The snake that was found in a bag carried by one of the guests at Immigration offices in Kampala recently. PHOTO/KARIM MUYOBO

Kampala, (UG): The Immigration office in Kampala witnessed dramatic scenes after a man, casually dressed showed up at the ministry’s security gate with a snake in his bag which he claimed to be his brother.

The Spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr Simon Peter Mundeyi confirmed the development during a press briefing at Naguru police Headquarters on Monday afternoon.

“The snake was a cobra, black in colour, coiled and we thank God that the security officer did not put his hand to try to check the bag. I wonder how a sane Ugandan, who is coming to seek services of passports at the ministry come with a snake in a big bag,” Mr Mundeyi explained.

“We have over time intercepted people carrying all types of strange items including most recently, somebody came with a bag containing a very big snake but thankfully our security personnel handled it well, otherwise it would have caused problems at our offices,” he added.

When asked why he had carried such a dangerous reptile (a cobra), the smartly dressed man said that “it [the snake] is his brother and that he moves around with it wherever he goes.”

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In the wake of the scene, Mundeyi has therefore advised the public not to carry heavy bags to immigration, citing limited space and security threats.

“We ask members of the public seeking services at the Ministry of Internal Affairs not to come with heavy bags or any other thing that may be seen as a security threat, “Mr Mundeyi said.

“These are things we do not allow at the Ministry so please if you are coming to the ministry for services, please come with a small bag, we do not have space to keep bags because of limited funds, and we have not constructed a place to keep bags,” he added.

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Mundeyi further advised those with pets such as snakes to consider leaving them in the car before approaching the Ministry’s gate.

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