Pallaso, Key Suspect in Shs2.2bn NRM’s Nekesa Heist Arrested, Says He Used Cash to Buy Kawundo, Electronics Shop and Start a Restaurant in Masaka


Ivan Lukungu, alias Pallaso, a boda boda rider, has been apprehended by the Police Directorate of Crime Intelligence for his alleged involvement in the shs2.2 billion robbery at the residence of NRM treasurer Barbara Nekesa last year.

After being on the run, Lukungu was tracked down and arrested from Nyendo in Masaka, where he had been hiding following the robbery. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed on Monday that it took three days of active surveillance for the operatives to locate and apprehend him along Edward Street in Masaka City.

The robbery, which occurred on December 5 in Kyeyitabya zone, Bukasa Parish, Makindye division, resulted in the theft of shs41 million belonging to Nekesa and an additional shs2.2 billion belonging to her husband, businessman Hajji Sulaiman Lumolo.

Enanga mentioned that only two of the five bags of cash stolen during the robbery had been recovered, raising suspicions that Lukungu might have absconded with the remaining bags of money.

Upon his arrest, Lukungu reportedly confessed to participating in the robbery, claiming he was only given shs123 million. He allegedly utilized the money to purchase a Toyota Harrier for shs62 million, establish a restaurant business for shs20 million, acquire a plot of land along Nabugabo road in Masaka City, and open an electric shop on goodwill at shs16 million.

It has been revealed that the electric shop was purchased for his new wife, whom Lukungu married after the heist, and part of the money was also used to buy a house. Police have attached all the properties acquired with the proceeds of the crime.

Lukungu is set to face charges of aggravated robbery and other offenses. His colleagues implicated in the robbery are already on remand at Luzira after appearing before the Makindye Chief Magistrates Court.

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