Police in Kyotera have arrested four suspects for stealing an electricity transmission cable. The four include a local security guard attached to local security company only identified as SWAT.
Kenneth Kamugisha, Enock Arinaitwe, Christopher Mutagubya, and Ahmed Nareeba, the security guard. The four were arrested after a tip off that several villages had been disconnected off the national grid.
According to Asiimwe Mutera, the Assistant District Police Commander (DPC) of Kyotera, the wire is about 20 metres and is a copper cable make.
“Such wires are what are used by electricity transmitting companies to extend electricity to the people. They cut off just a bit of it and sold it, they didn’t take the entire line.” Mutera told Journalists.
The Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Ltd spokesperson that was part of the operation, explained that they cut the wire from both ends of the electricity pole making it about 20 metres of stolen wire.
“They only left the underground bit of it which is about 40 metres but it cannot be rejoined if we are to do a replacement.” The UEDCL spokesperson told the media.
The different ‘thieves’ each got their share of the proceeds ranging from about Shs 90,000 to 150,000 but by the time they were paraded at Police, none had any of the amounts. They had all spent it.