By Our Reporter
KAGADI: A suspected thief believed to have been terrorizing Kagadi hospital facility, hospital staff quarters, and parts of Kagadi town council is currently detained at Kagadi central police station.
The suspect, in his 20s, has only been identified as Habuuba, a resident of Kiraba Lower Cell in Kagadi Town Council, Kagadi District.
The arrest of Habuba came into effect on Wednesday night after a tip-off to police officers at Kagadi central police station.
In an interview with this publication, Dr. Julius Birungi, a staff member working at Kagadi Hospital, revealed that on April 12, 2023, thieves broke into his residence located at the hospital facility and stole 35 million shillings in cash and a couple of properties worth 7 million shillings.
Dr. Birungi says he reported the matter to Kagadi CPS, and with the help of sniffer dogs, they managed to arrest Mr. Mirembe Godfrey, a resident of Kiraba cell who is currently on remand in Mambugu Government Prison.
Upon interrogation of Mr. Mirembe Godfrey in collaboration with his relatives, another suspect in the name of Habuuba was identified, prompting police to swiftly hunt him, and he was arrested on Wednesday night.
Dr. Birungi revealed that in a thorough search conducted by police at Habuuba’s residence, several stolen items, including clothes, electrical appliances, hospital medical supplies, and cash money, were recovered.
The health specialist says other properties belonging to his fellow hospital staff were recovered at Habuuba’s residence, justifying that he is one of the serial thief that have been terrorizing the hospital facility.
Dr. Birungi is therefore asking the police and court to handle this matter carefully so that justice can be served to the affected persons.
Also speaking to this publication, Hon. Murombe Dorothy, the female district councilor for Muhorro town council who aided police in having the suspect arrested, has asked police to conduct further forensic interrogation and investigations against Habuuba, asserting that during his house search, clothes with blood stains, hammers, iron bars, and pangas, among others, were seen.
Murombe says this increased their fears, and thus police should investigate the essence of these items at the suspect’s home residence.
However, a section of medics from Kagadi hospital who spoke to our reporter but preferred anonymity asked the Hospital Management Committee to quickly pass a directive ordering all non-medical staff members residing inside hospital staff quarters to vacate, asserting these are the persons believed to be connected with the thieves.
We could not get a comment from Albertine Region Police Spokesperson Julius Allan Hakiza by the time of publication.
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