A scanner at border point tracks a trailer transporting Kenyan Men to Uganda.
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is holding three Kenyans national who were found in concealed boxes crossing into Uganda loaded on the truck at Busia Custom one border post.
The men were noticed by a scanner in a truck registration number KTT230T.
Mike Machari aged 21 the truck driver, Michael Odiambo 50 years old, David Owino 40 Years old, Douglas Kariki Mwanji 23 Years old, David Mina Waboyi 22 Years old and Simon Gasheyi were intercepted at Busia border crossing into Uganda.
The truck had five men on board but the driver did not disclose the three at the customs until the scanners showed that there were other people hiding in boxes loaded onto the truck.
The x-rays scanners we just take the picture and we analyse the image, after analysing the image then you make a decision like now you see a human being sleeping in a box and you wonder what a human being would be doing in bouts. So, the goods in the container had boxes, there were cartons of wooden boxes and they claim they were going to pick tomatoes in Ssemuto.URA said
He continued to state that “We have never been here we don’t know, we were just directed and we were using the phone to call the owner of the tomatoes called Salim,” Mike Machari the lorry driver explained.
URA says after scanning the truck, the image indicated empty wooden boxes loaded on the truck, but in between these boxes they saw 3 people concealed within these wooden boxes.
On removing we found the third person, so this one was about to die, he was suffocating, we even asked that they give them some sodas because we don’t want a human being to die.
Abel Kagumira, URA Ag Commissioner Custom says the act is contrary to the laws governing the movement of human beings.
So we are wondering what they were doing, why they were hiding in the crate, when we try to ask them they don’t want to talk but we know they will talk.
Machari the truck driver claims the men found in the wooden boxes were going to help in the lifting of tomatoes boxes, they brought them because they wanted to minimise costs.
In order to minimise costs, we decided to take them to the back because they couldn’t fit in the front.
After the incident, URA handed them over to Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and Immigration for further inquiries.
A number of illegal activities and goods have been detected at Uganda’s border points after government installed security cameras at different border points to suppress unlawful products from entering Uganda.
And according to statistics more than 30 million shillings have been redeemed as a result of this kind of security operations. .