By Spy Writer
Nairobi: The Uganda Police are hunting for a gang of thugs who stole a car said to belong to president Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade and smuggled it to Kenya.
According to sources at State House, the vehicle, which was reportedly stolen a few months back, was recovered near Naivasha in Kenya, after five months of search by the police. The dark blue Toyota Kluger was recovered on Thursday night at the Gilgil weighbridge. However, it is said that two men who were found in the vehicle escaped on foot after operatives from the Flying Squad, who had trailed them from Murang’a, ordered them to stop. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is said to have been tipped about the theft by President Museveni, is said to have been constantly pushing the police to recover the vehicle. However, by press time it was not yet clear whether the vehicle is privately owned or part of the presidential convoy.
“Since December, we have been tracing this vehicle but our efforts failed because the registration numbers had been changed. We were under a lot of pressure,” a senior officer attached to the DCI headquarters along Kiambu road said. The vehicle bore Uganda registration numbers when it was reported missing five months ago. It has since been fitted with new registration plates; SSD598M, which indicate it could have ‘originated’ from South Sudan. After recovering the vehicle it was towed to the Nairobi Flying Squad offices as investigations and the hunt for the thugs continue.