Uganda, Kampala- One hundred and thirty six vehicles have been stolen in Kampala Metropolitan area over the last four months, according to Uganda Police Force. The Kampala Metropolitan area covers Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts.
However, only 36 of the 136 stolen vehicles have been recovered and returned to their owners. Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, says the vehicle theft is rampant in Kampala and its neighborhoods. The targeted vehicles include Premio, Prado, Mark II Noah, super Customs, double cabins and small trucks.
The stolen vehicles end up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Tanzania where they are on high demand. Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, says their efforts to prosecute the culprits are hampered by the failure of the victims to follow up on the cases.
“Successful prosecution of the suspects is usually hampered by victims who lose interested in the case once they removed their cars. This in turn gives the culprits confidence,” he said.