An Smuggler has been apprehended in Uganda after trying to smuggle mobile phones concealed on his body into the country.
The man identified as Aaron Kawombe of of Nakoloke of Mbale, Eastern Uganda – was arrested by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) while trying to smuggle mobile telephones into the country. according to statement released by the URA.
The statement said Kawombe crossed into the Malaba side of Kenya where he bought 15 Itel phones. He allegedly went to a small corridor near the shop where he concealed the phones on his body (stomach and lower chest) using cello-tape.
“Mr Kawombe was arrested at Malaba while he made an attempt to smuggle mobile phones into Uganda.
He was made to undergo the extra compulsory body search before our agents discovered the concealed phones wrapped carefully on his body using a cello-tape.
This is a major crack down on the activities of smugglers as we are now in the know of one of the way through which they take in these items into the country illegally.
Kawombe will be handed over to the Police and we will prosecute him to serve as a deterrent to others who are in the same trade with him”
He was arrested at a URA checkpoint in Malaba were officers do random checks, the statement added.
URA said smuggling continues to affect revenue collection and causes unfair competition in the market among other impacts.