Crime Intelligence Arrests Seven for Vandalism of Electricity Infrastructure

The Crime Intelligence has arrested seven people for allegedly vandalizing electricity infrastructure.

The suspects are Samuel Tumusiime, Innocent Mwekambe, Edgar Tashobya, Richard Atusasire, and Johnson Mutaho. They were arrested with two vehicles that they allegedly used in committing their vandalism crime.

Clare Nabakka, the Deputy Police Spokesperson, says that five suspects were tracked and arrested in Mbarara City. She adds that the vehicles Toyota Wish UBG 233A and UBD 498V were impounded. Among the suspects are electricians who have been serving in electricity distribution companies.

Two other suspects were also picked from Lugazi Municipality, Buikwe district. They were found with a truck loaded with electric wires also known as conductors. Vehicle registration number UBG 143F was transporting vandalized wires to Tembo Steel wool company in Kuzungu, Lugazi town at night. 

Between October and December last year, a number of electric pylons and electric poles were destroyed by persons whose motive was not known. Poles were destroyed in Namanve, Bweyogerere, and Luweero. 

Before the arrest of the suspects from Mbarara and Lugazi, UPDF and police had arrested more than 20 suspects who were found with stores of vandalized electric line angel bars. More than 60 tonnes of vandalized angel bars and wires were recovered in Kisenyi, Kyengera, Mukono, Lugazi, Mpigi, Masaka, and Mityana.

Peter Kaujju, the Umeme’s Head of Communications, said they have spent over 40 Billion Shillings in restoring vandalized electric poles and wires in the last two years. Kaujju said in the last two years; vandalism acts by October had cost them 14 billion Shillings while 26 billion Shillings was spent in 2021.

In his address to the nation, Museveni listed vandalism of electricity infrastructure among other security challenges and directed security forces to ensure culprits sabotaging the country’s peace and development are apprehended.

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