, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 4 – Uganda has handed over the BMW limousine stolen from a State House driver last week, following its recovery in the neighbouring country on Wednesday.
Uganda’s New Vision newspaper reports that the vehicle was handed over to the Kenyan authorities on Wednesday afternoon and is now being driven back to Kenya.
“The registration plates had also been plucked off although it bore an insurance and tax sticker on the windscreen, which Police suspected to have been forged,” the New Vision vision.
The limousine was recovered near Wandegeya Market after a joint operation involving Kenyan and Ugandan police officials.
The vehicle was carjacked on Wednesday last week in Ruai from a driver attached to State House who was later abandoned in Embakasi, having been robbed of money and other valuables.
An official at the Interpol offices based at the CID headquarters told Capital FM News that the vehicle is likely to be released later on Thursday once the protocol issues are finalised.
A mechanic based in Nakuru has since 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.