, NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 3 – A BMW vehicle linked to State House that was stolen in Nairobi last week has been found in Uganda.
Police say the vehicle was found abandoned on the roadside in Tororo.
Bungoma CID chief Peter Mabeya says they are in contact with authorities in Uganda who are now taking it to Kampala as investigations continue.
“We are in touch with our counterparts who have informed us of the new development,” Mabeya said, “It has been found in Tororo.”
The vehicle was hijacked on Wednesday last week in Ruai from a driver attached to State House.
He was later abandoned in Embakasi having been robbed of money and other valuables.
A mechanic based in Nakuru has been charged over the incident after police claimed he had information that might lead to its recovery.
His lawyer Cliff Ombetta however insisted his client was innocent, but admitted the BMW was driven to the mechanic’s garage where its occupants had gone to check on the progress of another vehicle he is also accused of stealing.
“The people who took the vehicle to his garage are people he knows well because they are people he had been dealing with, so when they went with that BMW to his garage, there is no way he could know that it was a stolen vehicle,” Ombeta said.
“This is an innocent man, he knows nothing about the stolen vehicle, including the one he is being charged with.”
When news of the theft emerged, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the vehicle belonged to the Kenya Police Service.
He went on to explain that it was not armour-plated and was not part of the presidential fleet.