By Sania Babirye
A driver who was sent to Lugazi sugar factory to fetch 250 bags of sugar and later stole 225 and abandoned his boss’s Fuso track on the road with only 25 bags has denied being an employee of his accuser.
Mwesige Samuel 30 years old is a businessman in Kyotera and testified before Buganda road court that he had informally employed a one Senyonjo Deo as his driver and was known throughout out the town as his driver.
He further stated that on the the 3rd day of January 2019, he sent Senyonjo to Lugazi sugar factory to buy the said sugar of 50kg a bag but on the 4th day of January 2019, while he was still sleeping received a call from another employee of his claiming that he had seen his Fuso parked in a trench near the road in Mpigi on Masaka road.
And that when he tried to call the suspect, his phone was switched off.
He further testified that he contacted police and was given three officials from the flying squad who helped to track the accused via GPS three months after hiding in Lukwanga in Wakiso district.
Upon arrest, the suspect is alleged to have confessed to have stolen the said sugar and sold it off with his sister to someone on William street but claims that the money was however stolen from him by a one Kakaire who is also a suspect.
However during cross examination, Senyonjo tasked his alleged boss to prove that he ever employed him which documents he did not have.
This forced Senyonjo to ask court to dismiss the said charges against him in grounds that his alleged boss can not prove that he ever employed him.
The said stolen sugar was valued at 32milion Uganda shillings.
But his boss also insisted that the suspect was indeed his driver and that there is also evidence yo show that he indeed did drive the said Fuso into Lugazi sugar factory loaded the said sugar and signed out with his driving permit before turning around and stealing it.
The suspect had disappeared after he turned his phone off but he was arrested when he bought a new sim card and inserted it in his old phone leading to Flying squad officials tracking him and arresting him.
The victim who deals in general merchandise shop also told court that he has since never recovered his sugar.
Matter was further adjourned to 14th of june 2019 for further hearing.