Seven arrested with stolen electric cables worth UGX 3bn

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga has said 7 suspects have been arrested in an intelligence led operation at 10 stores in Kayiwa zone, Rubaga that has led to the recovery of the vandalised electric metals and cable wires worth UGX 3bn.

Enanga said the Directorate of Crime Intelligence in close coordination with the Territorial Units in Kiboga and Old Kampala, conducted a well-coordinated raid on major metal business locations in Kayiwa Zone dealing in suspected stolen electric gadgets and transmission.

“Among those exhibited are 1460 pieces of 50mm bi-metal clamps, 3480 pieces of reel insulators, 840 pieces of polymeric insulators,  5646 pieces of 60mm PG clamps, 510 surge arresters among others.  Over 80 different categories of exhibits were recovered” he said.

Enanga said the operation followed complaints of vandalism and sabotage on the transmission lines of electricity in Kiboga District. 

“Our task teams established that criminals climbed the electricity transmission lines and cut the transmission lines, stole surge arrests, polymeric insulators, reel insulators and other electric gadgets, thus disrupting supply of electricity in Kiboga” he said.

The blue eyed boys mouthpiece said the suspects arrested include Semaganda Ronald, Matovu Abdul, Musoke Lawrence, Obadiah Matovu, Turyatemba Ashraf, Niwamanya Michael and MuJiri Martin.

“The suspects are to be charged with being in possession of suspected stolen items, malicious damage, theft and related conspiracies.  Our operations continue with a view of identifying more suspects” he said.

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