Police Probe Smuggled Fuel On Congo Border

Police in the south western district of Kisoro are investigating the origins of hundreds of litres of fuel found with smugglers headed for DR Congo.

About 50 jerrycans of diesel were this week impounded by police on their way to Congo. Police said the suspected smugglers disappeared in the forests of Giharo village, Bunagana parish, which connects to Congo through Mubima.

Locals who talked to The Observer by phone said they had been seeing people selling fuel at giveaway prices to unknown people from Congo, whom they suspect to be rebels operating in DRC. The buyers, who pay in dollars, often come for the fuel at night.

Recently, President Museveni directed all security operatives in the western region to investigate the alleged rampant siphoning of fuel from the vehicles used in the construction of Mbarara-Kabale road.

Kisoro District Police Commander Bosco Otim said they were tipped off by locals that there were two vehicles heading to Congo with stolen fuel. He said that the occupants of the vehicles abandoned the cars as they fled.

The suspects were saved by the many school-going children on the road at the time otherwise, police would have shot them before they escaped, Otim said. Police investigations were ongoing to ascertain the origin of the fuel and who exactly buys it in DRC.

Source : The Observer

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