Crime Intelligence is holding seven suspects in Kampala for their alleged involvement
in vandalising electricity transmission lines mainly in Kiboga District.
are Ronald Ssemaganda, Abdul Matovu, Lawrence Musoke, Obadia Matovu, Ashraf Turyatemba,
Michael Niwamanya and Martin Mugiri.
were picked up in joint security led operation following complaints of vandalism
in Kiboga district and its neighborhoods, which left the area in a blackout for
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says operatives tracked the
suspects from Kiboga district to Kampala in Kayiwa zone in Lubaga Division
where they were found selling their loot over the weekend.
He says that
during the operation, Police raided about 10 stores where they recovered
electric cables, metals, surge restorers and other expensive gadgets worth
billions of Shillings.
//Cue in: “The assortment recovered
Cue out: worth three billion,”//
recovered items include among others 1460 pieces of 50millimeter bio-metal
clamps, 3480 pieces of real insulators, 840 pieces of parametric insulators,
5646 pieces of 60millimeter PG clamps and 510
According to Enanga, the suspects face a string of charges. “We’re going
to charge them with cases of being in possession of suspected stolen items,
malicious damage and theft, conspiracy to steal because we
believe it is still a big racket behind such acts and the operations are
continuing,” Enanga said.
called on power distribution company UMEME to come up with more stringent
measures to protest their equipment from thugs.