KALISIZO. Police have arrested a man who was attempting to steal an ambulance from Kalisizo Hospital.
The suspect is identified as Ismail Musa Musasizi, a resident of Namasuba Central Zone in Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality-Wakiso district.
Musasizi was found in possession of army fatigues, master keys and a number of fake number plates including UAJ 811X and UAJ 118X. He was in the company of two others, who managed to escape before the arrest of their colleague.
Eyewitnesses say that the trio was riding on a motorcycle Reg. No. UDF 929G, and parked outside the hospital gate. However, their repeated movements in and out of the facility raised suspicion prompting questions from motorcyclists.
Musasizi admitted to the crime saying they had come for the ambulance and a double cabin that belongs to the District Health Officer. He adds that the mission was to take the cars to Democratic Republic of Congo or other preferred destinations.
After recording a statement at Kalisizo police station, he was then handed over to the Armored Brigade unit at Kasijjagirwa for further investigations.
Fred Nuwagaba, the Armored Brigade Spokesperson, confirmed receiving the suspect and added that the Brigade Investigations Officer (BIO) Daniel Atwine is handling the matter to ascertain where Musasizi got the army uniform.
Mulshid Kateega, the Officer in charge of Operations confirmed the incident saying efforts to track other suspects have so far been fruitless. He explains that car thieves usually pluck off the original number plates and replace them with fake plates which can be hardly noticed.
He adds that in order to divert intelligence and avoid traffic, one of the criminals dons the army uniform making it had to suspect any wrong.
Richard Bantubalamu, the Kalisizo Hospital Administrator says that the ambulance and other staff vehicles are under strict surveillance to avoid possible eventualities. He says that they have resorted to thorough check-ups of patients and caregivers and regular registration of all vehicles entering the facility.
They are also restricting the unnecessary parking of vehicles of non-staff members inside the hospital premises as well as vehicles moving out of the premises beyond 9pm.