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Seven Arrested for Stealing Bitumen

The suspects are alleged to have stolen the drums of bitumen from the contractor’s quarry located in Mutelele Sub County, Bugiri District on June 15th and later fled. They were however arrested on Monday.

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Seven workers of China Railway 18th, Bureau Construction Company have been arrested for stealing 30 drums of bitumen worth 12.8 million Shillings. 

Bitumen is a black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons obtained as a residue from petroleum distillation used for road surfacing. 

The company was contracted to do works along the 104 km Musita-Lumino-Majanje road. The road connects the town of Musita in Mayuge District to Busia.

The suspects are alleged to have stolen the drums of bitumen from the contractor’s quarry located in Mutelele Sub County, Bugiri District on June 15th and later fled. They were however arrested on Monday.

They are Julius Musoga, Mohammed Zirabamuzale, Muluswaza Waiswa, Bruno Mangeni, Kalifah Luganda, Richard Oketch, and Ahmed Waryaka. 

One of the administrators at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity says that the suspects could have connived with some employees.

“Each drum weighs 200 kgs, and it requires more than two trucks to ferry 30 of them from site, so basing on this assumption, contractors have cited conspiracy amongst the employees, and they resorted to conducting in house investigations, and all of us have been tasked to cooperate,” he says.

The source adds that “road works along Lumino stretch and Nankoma areas have stalled due to lack bitumen,”

James Mubi, the Busoga East Police Spokesperson says that police is still hunting for more suspects.

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