Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Business tycoon Hajji Suleiman Mafabi Lumolo has confirmed to detectives that the robbery orchestrated by five policemen at his residence in Muyenga in Kampala not only resulted in the loss of his wife’s sh41 million but also led to the theft of sh2.2 billion, which he says was his. Twelve suspects have been arrested.
Ambassador Barbra Oundo Nekesa, who was alone inside the house on December 05, 2023, was attacked by four men identified as police officers Dominic Idro, Rogers Nuwagaba, Sharif Mugoya, and Edgar Arinda. Investigations by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) revealed that the attackers were invited by the counterterrorism policeman Micheal Wango, who had been guarding the home for one and a half months.
Nekesa is Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa and NRM treasurer.
Wango learned that Nekesa and Mafabi often kept substantial sums of money in their residence. On the fateful night, Wango disconnected the electricity on the razor fence and altered the direction of the CCTV cameras to avoid capturing the intruders. “Wango also switched off the lights in one of the corners of the perimeter wall on which the four police officers scaled. He agreed with his colleague to inflict minor injuries on him to disguise it as a robbery by strangers,” stated CID detectives in the report.
Once inside the compound, Arinda, Idro, Nuwagaba, and Mugoya attacked the maids in the boy’s quarters, compelling them to open the main house. The maids, under threat of guns, led the police officers to Nekesa’s bedroom, where they demanded money. “While inside, the group packed the money in five bags and also took an iPhone. They afterwards took the money into the banana plantation where a bodaboda rider Josh Kalinda was waiting for them,” investigators said.
The attackers spent over 10 hours in the compound and, upon leaving, took the DVR for the CCTV cameras to erase any evidence. Ambassador Nekesa initially reported the theft of Shillings 41 million, but when her husband Mafabi returned home, he discovered that Shillings 2.2 billion had also been taken. Forensic experts examined two guns supposedly taken by the robbers and dumped in the banana plantation.
However, the fingerprints found on the guns belonged to Wango, raising suspicion until he confessed after interrogation. Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson, revealed that the police officers took the stolen money to Nsambya police barracks, where it was distributed. Watson took Shillings 200 million, Kalinda Shillings 20 million, and Mugoya Shillings 230 million.
Additional suspects, making a total of 12, were arrested after they were found sharing money from a sack containing some of the stolen funds. These suspects include Samuel Opio, Patrick Aponyo, Matia Lulangwa, Pallaso, and Masembe.
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