Speke Apartments has asked the American Embassy, head of the European Union and the Financial Intelligence Authority to investigate the source of counterfeit currency in form of American dollars and other European currencies that were found as exhibits from supposedly suspects that stage managed a robbery at the apartments.
“I write to bring to your attention the following facts; There is a recent matter reported at Jinja Road Police station, Vide reference SDRE 15/25/12/2020 where a renown socialite one Shelia Nandege also known as Don Zella had complained of a break in to a hotel apartment at Speke Apartment where she allegedly lost up to United States Dollars Ninety Thousand ($90,000). As you will see on your own investigations, she did not seem eager to follow up with the police on this matter and never asked on the state of the American currency.”
Police at Jinja Road have arrested Adome Jeremy, a 36-year-old man for allegedly stealing $80,000 from the Room 107 at Speke Apartments.
The money allegedly stolen belonged to Sheila Nandege, a socialite popularly known as Don Zella who had booked the apartment for 30 days on the December 5, 2020.
According to CCTV footage recovered from the apartment on December 24, 2020, the suspect, who is the same time a resident in the building, is seen accessing room 107 with another person yet to be arrested.
They are later seen leaving with items and the suspect later fled to his home in Arua. The police used all relevant information available and was able to trace him to his home and he was arrested yesterday.
“He was arrested with a sum of $60,000 counterfeit money has been recovered from the suspect and it has since been exhibited. He has, however, insisted that the exhibited money is what he stole from the room,” the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire said in a statement.
According to a letter written to the American Ambassador which was copied to head of the European Delegation to Uganda, “It appears evident that there is an international racket inclusive of the arrested suspect and the said Don Zella dealing in counterfeit American currency and other European currencies. The purpose of this letter is as follows; To bring the above information to your attention, to implore you to interest yourself in the prospect of an international racket dealing in counterfeit American currency and other European currencies. And to pursue the matter to a logical conclusion as per your nation’s laws” reads a letter which was copied to the Executive Director of FIA.
In the law suit filed before court, Zella claimed that on December 6, 2020 she rented two apartment rooms number 107 and 512 operated by Speke Apartments. However, on December 25 while she and her family members were away, a thief or thieves at around 4pm, broke into her apartment room 107 and stole her properties worth Shs460 million.