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Uhuru car handed back to Kenya

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By ANDREW BAGALA

Posted  Friday, September 5   2014 at  11:45

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The car, which was recovered in Kampala, has been handed over to enable investigations.

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Kampala.

Uganda handed over President Uhuru Kenyatta’s escort car that was recovered in a Kampala suburb to Kenyan authorities yesterday.
Mr Asan Kasingye, the director in charge of Interpol, said the car was handed over to Kenyan authorities to enable them continue with the investigations.
“I have handed over the car to my counterparts in Kenya as investigations in both countries continue,” Mr Kasingye said yesterday.
The BMW car was recovered in Wandegeya and police arrested and detained the driver who was found with it.
He was arrested after Kenyan police obtained phone contacts of his girlfriend in Kampala. The Kenyan authorities passed them to Uganda authorities who pressed her to help them arrest her boyfriend.

Charges
It is not clear whether the suspect will also be extradited to Kenya to face aggravated robbery charge since Kenyan authorities have already pressed charges on those he allegedly dealt with in Kenya.
The vehicle was stolen on last week after an armed gang attacked the police driver, Inspector David Machui. He was later released, but the gang made off with the vehicle.
The tracking system in the vehicle is said to have been removed by the gangsters in a garage in Kenya.
The car was last tracked in Bungoma, western Kenya, on Sunday evening.
Kenyan police detectives arrested Mr Aggrey Ochieng, a mechanic in a garage where the car was first worked on.
Mr Kasingye said the recovery of the car will increase police cooperation to fight cross border crime between Kenya and Uganda through the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation.

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