Crime

19 SUSPECTS BEHIND VANDALISM OF ELECTRICITY INFRASTRUCTURES ARRESTED

By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: The Joint Anti-vandalism task force has in custody 19 suspects highly linked to the rampant cases of vandalism of electricity infrastructure in various parts of the country.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga named the suspects as Atul Anad, an Indian businessman of Kisugu-Muyenga, Sekabembe Nicholas of Mbalwa village, Sempijja Joseph of Ndejje-Kanaba zone, Mukasa Philip, Nagadya Lilian.

Enanga added that they are also tracking down Richard Kirumira who escaped upon sighting their teams. He further revealed that an assortment of exhibits of electrical wires and UMEME electrical appliances were recovered in the areas of Kampala, Nsooba, Mulago, Kawempe, Kisugu, Kansanga and Wakiso.

Enaga warned the other perpetrators of vandalism that their criminal activity and malicious incidents conducted against the grid, are being regarded as deliberate acts of typical sabotage.

He noted that vandalism is an inconvenience to clients, but also dangerous to those who carry it out, since the pylons and other electricity infrastructure have a danger of death signs.

The police officer reminded the public that a monetary reward awaits whoever shares with them information that can lead to the arrest of suspects and the recovery of tangible exhibits.

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The 19 suspects are being processed on charges of interfering with electrical installation which is 85(a)(b)(c) of the electricity amended Act (4) 2022, and for being in possession of suspected stolen property.

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