The police in Kayunga have are holding a 31-year-old man identified as Herbert Ntambi who has been impersonating as UPDF officer on the rank Lieutenant.
The district police commander, Mr Johnson Kiconco on Friday explained that Ntambi was arrested last week in Bbaale trading centre after a one, Rogers Lujja reported a case of attempted robbery at Bbaale police post.
“Lujja had parked his motorcycle outside a bar at night but three people came and attempted to steal it. However, the suspected thugs took off when the victim fought and over powered them,” Mr Kiconco explained, adding that the police went to the scene of crime and recovered a mobile telephone number belonging to Ntambi.
“We arrested him after confirming that he was the owner of the phone that was recovered at the scene of crime,” Kiconco said, adding that residents of Bbaale knew the suspect as a Lieutenant in the UPDF and he normally put on army attires while moving around the area and during public functions in the area.
“Even police officers used to salute him thinking that he was a genuine soldier,” councilor Edward Mukimbiri recalled, saying Ntambi had stayed in the area for about two years and he had hired land where he carried out his agricultural activities.
Mr Kiconco said, during police interrogations, Ntambi confessed that he had never been a soldier but just stole the army uniforms from a soldier in Bombo barracks identified as Lt.
He added that the police was still hunting for Ntambi’s accomplices who were still at large. “I ask the public to be very vigilant and question strangers who claim to be soldiers or a police officers because there are many people who engage in bad acts disguising as soldiers and police officers which paints a bad image to the public,” Mr Kiconco further said, adding that this will help the public to identify masqueraders in the security organs.
He explained that Ntambi would be taken to court and face charges of attempted robbery, illegal possession of army uniforms and impersonation.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor