Shafik Bakulu Mpagi, a fake beggar who have been begging for money from unsuspecting passers-by, have been arrested by the Ugandan police.
The suspect’s arrest on Monday, came after the Mini Price Police officers got a tip off from his close friend who saw him begging at the entrance of Mukwano Arcade with a faked amputated hand. Upon getting to the scene, the suspect left the crowd which gathered shocked after he was ordered him to remove the clothes he had covered his hand with.
Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, who confirmed the incident said the fake beggar has been covering his hand with dirty rugs faking to be amputated in order to get money from unsuspecting sympathizers.
“There are a number of people that pretend to be needy through begging on the streets just the same way Mr Mpagi has been doing and therefore, kind hearted and well-meaning people are in danger of being misled,” Mr Owoyesigyire said, adding that “Police were responding to a spike in the number of fake beggars operating in the city.”
Police say Mpagi has been into the begging business for three months and was earning Shs20,000 everyday especially from areas of equatorial Mall and Mukwano Arcade.
“He attributed this act to joblessness,” Mr Luke added.
Mpagi a resident of Kisenyi, Muzana Zone is currently detained at Mini Price Police Station and charged with public nuisance vide SD 21/24/06/2018.
This is coming after the UK Police stated that fake beggars are pocketing up to £2,000 a month in benefits – while pretending to sleep rough on Britain’s streets. Freedom of information figures in 2014 found that of 1,002 people nicked for begging, only 199 were legally defined as homeless.