Moroto Municipality offices are situated within Moroto District Local Government offices where access is through one main gate manned by an old armless guard. Except for the CAOs office, RDC and sometimes the district chairperson; the rest of the offices dont have any security detail both day and night.
New security measures have been undertaken in Moroto Municipal Council following an office break-in on Tuesday night.
The assailants whose motive is yet to be established broke into the main office block of the municipality at around 10 pm and made off with office equipment including three computers, laptop, power bank and others.
Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Town Clerk, Moroto Municipality says four offices including his, the municipal economic planner, community development and human resource were broken into and several equipment vandalized.
He told URN that the attack has been a wake-up call for new security measures in the offices and the surrounding. Tumwesigye revealed that the municipality has been relying on an old security guard, who has been working 24 hours without any alternations. He says the municipality has now hired armed guards including police personnel to take care of the security in the offices.
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Moroto Municipality offices are situated within Moroto District Local Government offices where access is through one main gate manned by an old arm-less guard. Except for the CAO's office, RDC and sometimes the district chairperson; the rest of the offices don't have any security detail both day and night.
The attack comes barely a month after one of the motor bikes parked within Moroto Municipal offices was vandalized by unknown thieves. Last year, a group of thieves again made off with water tank from the water offices. However, none of the thieves has been apprehended.
Jude Nasucha, the District Police Commander, Moroto says they are investigating the matter. He notes that four computers were recovered after the assailants dumped them as they run off.
“After breaking into the offices, the thieves took off with the equipment but along the way, some night revelers flashed them with lights, something that forced them to dump the equipment,” he said.
However, URN has learnt that effort by the police to track the assailants went fruitless due to the absence of a police dog. While Moroto hosts the regional police headquarters that covers five districts, there is no police sniffer dog to help in tracking criminals.
Tumwesigye says the police dog, that was borrowed from Soroti, arrived late and too tired to track the criminals. But when contacted, Nasucha, and the RPC Mt. Moroto Region, Aruk Maruk declined to comment.