Car thieves are using South Sudanese number plates to steal Ugandan vehicles and smuggle them into neighbouring Kenya, according to the police.
A regional police boss said that dishonest dealers were using fake South Sudan number plates to conceal stolen Ugandan cars.
“We have decided to start impounding all vehicles bearing South Sudan number plates for verification, because we have realised that most of those vehicles are stolen from Ugandan citizens,” regional police spokesperson for East Kyoga Michael Odongo was quoted as saying.
Mr Odongo said one person was arrested on Tuesday morning on his way to Kenya with a vehicle stolen from Soroti district in eastern Uganda, says the daily.
An officer from the Flying Squad in East Kyoga told Daily Monitor that a Toyota Premio car was sold for as little as $395 (£311) and a Subaru for $1,050 (£828) in the Kenyan black market.