How detectives traced stolen goods worth Sh267m to Uganda

 

Recorved Caustic Soda.[x,DCI]

A multi-agency investigation by detectives from Kenya and Uganda has uncovered suspected fraudsters believed to be part of an international fraud case.

The suspects from Uganda are said to have robbed Indian-based businessmen goods worth over Sh267 million.

According to a report by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the businessman had supplied a consignment of more than one hundred containers of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) to five companies between December 12, 2022 and April 22, 2023.

The companies, according to DCI, had ordered for the consignment which was delivered through Mombasa Port between January 31 and May 15 this year.

“But immediately the last container was offloaded at the port, the consignees who had not paid for the shipment went under, and severed communication with the supplier,” DCI said.

This forced the Chief Executive of Kutch Chemical Industries Limited to fly to Kenya and report the case as the goods were received through the port of Mombasa.

Investigations into the theft of the consignment led investigators to Uganda, where 7,420 bags of caustic soda were recovered, an equivalent of seven containers of the product.

Recorved Caustic Soda bags.[x,DCI]

The bags were recovered at the Liberty Internal Container Depot, a logistical company located along Bweyogere Industrial Area in Kampala, Uganda.

“Efforts to recover the rest of the shipment and arrest the suspects involved are still ongoing,” said DCI.