Impounded Bikes Stolen From Police Custody

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Two motorcycles boda bodas that had been impounded by Masindi police have been stolen from custody. The motorcycles were part of 17 bikes that were impounded by police on Saturday, September 19 during a traffic operation.

Two motorcycles (boda bodas) that had been impounded by Masindi police have been stolen from custody. The motorcycles were part of 17 bikes that were impounded by police on Saturday, September 19 during a traffic operation.
 
The motorcycles had been parked at Kyatiri police post.
 
Police officials reportedly noticed that two of the motorcycles had gone missing after the owner of one of the bikes turned up to reclaim his property.
 
Alex Komakech told Uganda Radio Network that his motorcycle was impounded on Saturday after police discovered he did not have a rider's permit or third party insurance.
 
Komakech says that he was unable to pay the express penalty fee of 80, 000 shillings issued immediately because banks in Masindi town had closed for the day.
 
Komakech says that he returned to Kyatiri police post on Monday, September 21 with the receipt of payment to retrieve his Bajaj motorcycle UEH 927A. Police, however, asked him to return Wednesday.
 
To his shock, on Wednesday Komakech says he was informed by police that his motorcycle had been stolen from police custody. He was also informed that another motorcycle could not be accounted for.
 
The Albertine region police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe confirms the theft of the two motorcycles. She says police have opened up a file to investigate their disappearance.
 
Komakech says he had purchased the motorcycle by taking out a loan from ENCOT microfinance. He says police must compensate him for the loss of his motorcycle and the days he has been unable to work. He says that without his motorcycle, he is unable to service his loan. He claims to pay 280, 000 shillings per month to ENCOT.
 
Police declined to comment on whether they will compensate the owners of the missing motorcycles.