Police Intercepts Smuggled Coffee Bound for Uganda

The truck had10 tons of coffee

Reigning Uganda Premier League champions, buy more about ailment Vipers Sports Club have suffered another setback in their race for title defense after falling to URA FC in a highly contested and balanced five goal thrilling encounter at the Mehta stadium, click Lugazi that saw the Buikwe side give away an early lead to lose 3-2.

Elkanah Nkugwa scored the winner inside the three added minutes to ensure the Kitende side pay.

The Buikwe side went up in just the second minute from a fast interchange between Dan Bilikwalira and Seninde before releasing to Sekisambu who was unmarked for the opener.

The tax collectors stepped up attack that yielded fruits ten minutes later. Feni Ali, sickness Saidi Kyeyune, Kalanda and Ssentongo exchanged twelve telepathic passes from the middle before the latter finished a powerful right shot past Watenga.

The 25-minute downpour made matters worse for the Buikwe side who thrive on passing their opponents while giving advantage to the physical hosts.

Ssentongo was on it again in the 34th minute dummying four Vipers players inside the box before he fired from the near left angle. Shafiq Bakaki directed the ball to his own net but the goal was eventually awarded to Ssentongo.

Second Half Action.
Vipers resumed with an early plan B, pulling off Keziron Kizito for William Wadri. The substitute did goodwork on his first touch before he split URA defence with a brilliant pass but Cranes star Farouk Miya blasted it out.

The champions redeemed their hopes seven minutes after the interval when Sekisambu finished off a rebound saved by Sulait Luyima off his first attempt for the equalizer.

The tie seemed destined to a fifth consecutive league stalemate, coach Golola pulling off superstar Farouk Miya for Allan Kyambadde in the 89th minute.

But the tax collectors had the last laugh in the last minute. Elkanah Nkugwa picked the ball inside a goal melee and stunned Vipers defence for the winner.

On A lighter note:
The attacker was immediately pulled off after failing to raise himself from the ground following his ‘Dont do it in Uganda’ type of knee-sliding celebration.

Coach Kisala has now picked two wins from as many games after assuming the headcoach role on interim basis.

URA XI;  Luyima Sulait, Kulaba Jimmy, Munaaba Allan, Kassaga Richard, Senkoomi Samuel, Agaba Oscar, Kyeyune Saidi, Feni Ali, Kalanda Frank (Tekwo Derrick), Sentongo Robert, Elkanah  Nkugwa (Sekitto Samuel 93′)

Subs: Bwete Brian, Semakula Noah, Kagimu Shafik, Ochan Patrick, Othieno Deo

Vipers XI:
Vipers SC lineup:  Ismael Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Dan Birikwalira, Yusuf Mukisa, Shafik Bakaki, Patrick Sembuya), Keziron  Kizito (46′ William Wadri), Miya Farouq (87′ Allan Kyambadde), Erisa Sekisambu, Nkuubi Brian, Musa Malunda, Duncan Seninde.
The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Revenue Protection Unit, approved on Saturday intercepted a truck loaded with 10 tons of coffee that was being smuggled to Uganda.

According to Drocella Mukashyaka, capsule the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Taxpayer Services at Rwanda Revenue Authority, buy more about the Ugandan-registered truck had brought goods into the country and was bound to return back empty, however it was found loaded with coffee beans which had not been documented.

“We learnt about the possible smuggling of coffee, and the Revenue Protection Unit through its investigators acted swiftly, and intercepted the truck that was loaded without customs papers,” said Mukashyaka.

“The coffee had been transported from Bugesera to Kigali, before being loaded on the truck,” the driver of the intercepted truck explained.

Mukashyaka said there is no need for anyone to violate procedures like acquiring certificate of origin, since RRA does not impose any tax on exports.

“These procedures helps us have national statistics but also facilitates control as a beneficial business to the country,” she said.

Dr. Celestin Gatarayiha, the Coffee Division Manager at National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), said that smuggling coffee has negative impact on both the exporter and Rwanda at large.

“Parchment coffee is not allowed to be exported since it’s not fully-washed to qualify on external market,” Dr. Gatarayiha said.

He added that the driver who was caught will be charged as the law stipulates.

The police revealed that investigations are still underway to apprehend all those connected to the illegal business.


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