The car disappeared from where it was parked in Kampala last year, only to appear in Kenya with false plate numbers from South Sudan

One cannot help but wonder the level of success many criminal masterminds will attain if only they channeled their intelligence into more profitable ventures.

The culprits behind the theft of a car belonging to President Yoweri Museveni’s senior spokesman, Don Wanyama, have no doubt been in the enterprise of car theft for a long time. Their planning and execution would have fooled any security forces anywhere in the world. But the eagle eye of the Kenyan Flying Squad would spot the ploy and catch the culprits in their acts. Indeed, they were beaten in their own game.

The car, a Toyota Kluger, was stolen from where it was parked in a compound belonging to Kampala home in September last year.

Kenyan Flying Squad handed over a stolen car belonging to Ugandan presidential spokesman, Don Wanyama, in September last year.

The Ugandan police had since begun searches thinking the car was still within the borders of their country. Little did they know that the car has been given a new identity and was now a property in Kenya.

The Kenyan Flying Squad yesterday discovered the stolen car at Busia, Kenya where it was found with fake South Sudanese registration plate number SSD598M done in April.

Kenya’s Flying Squad officers reacted to a tip-off from colleagues in Uganda after the car was traced and seen in Murang’ a before it was impounded in Gilgil, Nakuru County.

The occupants fled after defying orders to surrender, officials said at the time.

On Tuesday, Mr. Don Wanyama, President Museveni’s Senior Press Secretary told the Nation that he had received back his car after months of searching.

“The Kenyan Flying Squad handed it to Uganda police yesterday (Monday) at Busia. It was stolen last September from my home and taken to Kenya,” he said, clarifying earlier reports the car belonged to the Ugandan leader.

In November 2017, Kenyan banned South Sudanese registration numbers with the series CE, EE, SSJS, UNS, WS, and NBGS after Juba regularized registration.

But with no shared database on vehicle registration, thieves are still able to falsify acceptable series in a bit to dodge the police.

Police sources in Kenya say the car was verified after its chassis number differed with the South Sudanese registration but marched with details provided by Ugandan authorities.