Police in Rwampara district, western Uganda have arrested a woman who allegedly stole a motor vehicle at the burial of prominent businessman Apollo Nyegamehe commonly known as Aponye.
The Suzuki vehicle of Reg number UAT 478N was attached to Kikungiri Archdeaconry in Kabale Municipality’s Southern division, under the Kigezi Diocese.
According to information shared by the former Political Commissar in Uganda Police, AIGP (rtd) Asan Kasingye, the woman whose particulars were not shared was intercepted by traffic officers at a roadblock in Rwampara along the highway.
— AIGP(Rtd) Asan Kasingye (@AKasingye) July 13, 2023
The Kigezi Diocese Secretary Rev Canon Milton Nkurunungi yesterday said that the vehicle was reported missing during a requiem service at the deceased’s home in Muhanga town council before Aponye was finally laid to rest.
“We were attending the burial [Aponye’s burial] and one of our archdeacon’s vehicles was stolen. We have reported to police and to the DPC and we have also informed those in Ntungamo and Mbarara. They are making all tracks to see that the vehicle is recovered,” Rev. Canon Nkurunungi was quoted by KFM on Wednesday evening.
He condemned the act, wondering how someone could take advantage of a situation of grieving to commit such a crime.
Police were yet to issue a statement on the alleged arrest of the woman and recovery of the diocesan car by press time.
Aponye who died in a road crash on Thursday last week at Itojo in Ntungamo district was by 4pm on Wednesday laid to rest at his ancestral home in Kitaburaza village, Muhanga town council, Rukiga district.
The road crash that claimed the life of Aponye is one of the many that have taken a toll on Uganda’s population in the recent past.
Meanwhile, a meeting of senior government officials including the Prime Minister that is meant to seek a lasting solution to increasing road carnage chaired by the Speaker of Parliament was held this (Thursday) morning.
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