Accused of conniving with businessmen to steal construction materials from a Chinese construction company building the Entebbe-Kampala express highway (Southern bypass), six police officers face the knife.
“If these policemen are charged in court over theft, they will be able to answer charges. And if the case is concluded in court and they are guilty, then they will be interdicted,” Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said on December 6.
The six police officers who were guarding the construction materials on site were arrested on Friday morning (December 5) on a truck carrying stolen materials from the site.
“Complaints were raised by the Chinese over the disappearance of their materials at the site yet it was secured by policemen. The LC-III chairman for Nsangi together with police made an operation. They managed to arrest 15 people including six police officers guarding the site with some exhibits of stolen construction materials,” Enanga said.
Police, he said, recovered a truck full of stolen angle line bars and Shs 1.2m from police officers which they couldn’t account for. The six police officers and some businessmen are currently detained at Nsangi police station on charges of theft and conspiracy to steal.
The six officers, all attached to Nsangi police station, have been identified as Robertson Ayesigomwe, Julius Serujuka, William Ntaganda, Ronald Zirimu, Godfrey Orago and Matthew Tukashaba.
The businessmen arrested include Yasin Lutaaya, Richard Musisi, Ibrahim Sekajja (a driver), Geoffrey Kiwanuka, Dick Ntume, Emmanuel Mugisha, George Mugume and Fred Kerechan. Nsangi LC-III chairman, Hajji Abdul Kiyimba, said they would mount operations in Kajjansi and Entebbe to arrest people stealing construction materials for the Entebbe-Kampala Express highway.
“I don’t know what is wrong with our people. Instead of supporting development projects like roads, schools and hospitals, they instead sabotage them by stealing construction materials and this retards development. But we are determined to fight all kinds of theft in our area,” he said.
The Entebbe-Kampala express highway project is estimated to cost $476m (Shs 1.3 trillion) and expected to be complete in 2016. It will link the town of Entebbe in Wakiso district to the city of Kampala, and also make it easy for people heading to the Entebbe International airport.
The entire highway will be a four-lane, dual carriage expressway.
Source : The Observer