Recovered State House BMW Arrives in Kenya After Release By Uganda

The stolen escort car belonging to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State House fleet has crossed to Kenya after leaving Uganda’s capital Kampala at around 1pm.

The car, without number plates, was seen leaving the Counter Terrorism offices in Naguru, Kampala near Police Headquarters on Thursday.

It crossed over through the Busia border where it is still parked at the County Commissioner’s office.

The black BMW 735 series was recovered in Wandegeya in Uganda on Wednesday at around 11pm after detectives tracked a mobile phone to trace the man who drove it from Nairobi.

The car’s registration plates had been removed although it bore an insurance and tax sticker on the windscreen, which Police suspected to have been forged.

The BMW was found abandoned in Wandegeya trading centre near Makerere University. Police suspects that the unidentified carjackers abandoned their loot on realizing they are being trailed.

The brief handover ceremony was conducted at the CT offices. At around midday police marshaled some civilian youths in the barracks to wash the car earlier covered with tarpaulin. The uniformed officers then fuelled it with gas contained in five 20 litres plastic jerrycans.

Kenyan security officers, some in civilian clothing, then briefly searched the car before they drove off at around 1.50pm under heavy police escort.

There was heavy security at the CT offices and no one was allowed in except officers who were on duty. The security personnel involved in the hand over exercise declined to talk to the media.

Police sources says Nelson Topicho , who was arrested in Bungoma after driving the car, carried around the mobile phone stolen from the car’s driver, Chief Inspector David Machui, during the carjacking incident on Wednesday last week.

Detectives from the Flying Squad cracked the case after they traced the mobile to Topicho in a Bungoma hotel.

Topicho led the police to two clearing agents in Busia, Andrew Otieno and Godfrey Ouma, who processed the papers for the car to cross into Uganda.

While speaking to the Star, Topicho denied that he was among the criminals armed with AK-47 rifles who hijacked the vehicle in Utawala Nairobi.

Source : The Star


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