Kampala, (UG):- Police in Kampala are investigating circumstances under which a man identified as Denis Seruli lost shs28 million after an envelope in which he was carrying the money cracked open and the money scattered on the street.
The incident according to Police Spokesperson Mr Fred Enanga happened last Friday, February 9, 2024, at around 5 pm along William Street, one of the busiest streets in Kampala city centre.
Enanga who was addressing journalists today at Naguru said the envelope became loose and somehow, the money ended up on the street attracting the bystanders who instead of helping him collect the money started picking for their own benefit.
“The envelope in which he was carrying the money gave way and the money landed on the street. Instead of people helping him to collect the money, everybody was picking what they could afford and running away with it,” Enanga said, adding that by the time police intervened and arrested two suspects, only shs890,000 of the shs28 million had been recovered.
In the wake of Seruli’s woes, Enanga warned the public against moving with such huge amounts of money in cash and unescorted by security.
He urged them to consider hiring services of police escorts at a minimal fee of just shs 20,000 for protection in such cases.
“It costs little to get a police guard from CPS and pay less than shs20,000 to get a police officer to escort you. This should be a lesson to people who are transporting money that the public is hungry for this money and will be ready to pounce on it,” the police spokesperson urged.
He also reminded members of the public, especially business persons to avoid such lonely movements, unescorted, noting that there are always leakages which could lead to loss of money.
“There are always leakages in all these incidents where the money is stolen. The leakages are with banks where you withdraw money, from the businesses themselves, from families and friends who get to know. Always be vigilant while moving with money,” stated Enanga.
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