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Police Intensify Investigations on School Break in

According to Moru, the thieves managed to open the padlock to the Deputy Head Teacher’s Office and gained access to his office after opening another padlock.

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Moroto police are investigating the circumstances under, which thieves broke into Nawanatau Primary school and made off with property donated by UNICEF worth Shillings 6 million. The unidentified thieves still at large also stole Shillings 2.5 million belonging to the school headteacher, Zackary Moru.   

The headteacher explained to URN that the thugs stole a solar system, laptop, clock in the machine for monitoring teachers’ performance, and tablet for the termly performance of all schools in Moroto. The thieves also stole 3 footballs and football pumps, 12 boxes of washing soap, a 20-liter jerrican of liquid soap, and other scholastic materials supplied by UNICEF and VSO ahead of the reopening of schools.

Before schools reopened, UNICEF donated 100 mattresses to Nawanatau Primary School for the boarding section, solar system, a biometric clock in the machine for monitoring the arrival and departure of teachers, and tablet. According to Moru, the thieves managed to open the padlock to the Deputy Head Teacher’s Office and gained access to his office after opening another padlock.

The alleged thieves also managed to open a metallic cupboard locked up with two padlocks where most of the items were removed. They also opened the dormitory, where all the 100 branded mattresses were packed never removed any mattress or other item.

The theft of the solar power system has plunged the school into darkness.

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The incident has bred fear amongst the teachers of the school. Stella Nate is one such teacher who feels scared living in the school compound. She says because of the fears they have ruled out night preps due to insecurity.  

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Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto Police Spokesperson, says that they took a sniffer dog to the scene and it led them to a home in Arecek village. “The scene was visited but because it was tampered with, we did not get necessary clues. We are working with the local leadership to identify the suspects,” said Longole when asked about the incident.

This is not the only incident of theft targeting a government installation. Last week, thieves also broke into the store of one of the staff of Nawanatau Health Centre 11, just 400 meters away from Nawanatau Primary School, and stole all the chicken. The headteacher is appealing to the local government to fence off the school.   

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