Budaka, (UG): The Territorial Police in Budaka District, eastern Uganda have arrested and detained one individual identified as Kichali Joseph over the illegal possession of government stores, including a bullet and a green army bag.
The suspect who is currently in custody was arrested on Friday, 19th of Jan, 2024, in Budaka Town Council after one Tamwenya Ronald, a 35-year-old UPDF officer attached to Moroto 03 Division, 403 Brigade 37 Battalion Infantry and a resident of Budaka township, Budaka District reported the suspect to police for having the illegal items.
Preliminary findings by police indicate that for some time, Kichali Joseph (the suspect) has been moving around Budaka town showing off as an army officer and to prove his point he could carry along with him a green army bag and a bullet of PK machine gun.
“When this fell on the ears of Tamwenya Ronald a UPDF officer on pass leave, he got concerned and went to Forte bet Budaka and lucky enough he got the suspect and interviewed him where he admitted having the said items at his residence in Budaka township,” said Bukedi North Regional Police spokesperson SP Semewo Samuel
“Tamwenya Ronald called for another UPDF officer to join him and they all proceeded to the residence of the suspect and recovered a bullet (PK) and army green bag and after escorted the suspect to police” SP Semewo added.
DailyExpress understood that the police in Budaka have since initiated a thorough investigation to establish the motive behind the possession of these government stores by the arrested individual.
The inquiry according to SP Semewo aims to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his possession of a bullet and a green army bag. Once the motive is ascertained, appropriate legal action will be taken.
He said a case file has been opened on SD REF 69/19/01/2024. Statements of arresting officers recorded.
Exhibits have been recovered and the suspect detained as inquiries are at hand.
The public has been asked to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or individuals to the local law enforcement agencies.
“Possession of government stores without proper authorization is a serious offence, and the police are committed to ensuring the safety and security of the community. The investigation into this case is ongoing, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available,” said Semewo.
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