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'Fake' beggar arrested for faking amputated hand (Photo)

Police in Uganda say they have arrested a fake street beggar who has been asking for cash from unsuspecting passers-by.

Shafik Bakulu Mpagi was on Monday arrested by Mini Price Police officers following a tip off from his close friend who saw him begging at the entrance of Mukwano Arcade with a faked amputated hand.

Police reportedly rushed to the scene and ordered him to remove the clothes he had covered his hand with, leaving the crowd that had gathered around in shock. Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said Mpagi has been covering his hand with dirty rugs faking to be amputated in order to get money from unsuspecting sympathizers.

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.

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