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Tour operator arrested for fleecing Shs80million from American tourists

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A tour operator accused of fleecing tourists of $21,500 (about Shs80m) has been arrested by the Tourism police.

Richard Tusasibwe the director of Gatatu Safaris Limited who had been on the run was arrested at Arcadia Cottages near Lake Bunyonyi, where he had taken other tourists for a trip.

He was taken to Kabale Police Station where he has been charged with obtaining money by false pretense.

According to the tourism Police commander, Frank Mwesigwa, Tusasibwe is alleged to have been contracted in July by five American tourists to organise a chimpanzee and gorilla-tracking expedition in Uganda.

They paid a deposit of $20,000 in July and $1,500 on arrival in Kisoro.

But up on arrival in Kisoro, the suspect allegedly abandoned the tourists at a lodge and had, until his arrest on Monday, been on the run.

“As tourism Police, we are committed to cleaning up quack tour operators who con our tourists. Uganda remains a peaceful and secure country and all efforts, together with stakeholders, are to ensure that law and order is upheld in the tourism sector and the country at large,” Mwesigwa told media.

Early this year police also arrested two tour operators over defrauding tourists. The arrested were Didan Atukunda who failed to refund $27,000 (about Shs100million) erroneously sent to his account by a Dutch tourist and Michael Ahebwa who allegedly defrauded American tourists of over $20,000.

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