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Several arrested over electricity vandalism

By: Melanie Aanyu

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The territorial police in Mityana are holding 17 suspects in connection to the vandalism of electricity infrastructure.

The suspects, who reportedly include Umeme staff, were Thursday arrested in a joint intelligence-led operation with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.

14 of the suspects were got at Suremax guesthouse where they have allegedly been keeping the stolen electricity property and three were arrested from Gomba.

The Wamala regional police spokesperson, Ms Rachel Kawala said they have recovered the exhibits including; 20 Stay rods, five metres of conductor wires, 10 Umeme overcoats, 18 Stay insulators, one Umeme safety boot and disconnection book, among other properties, all belonging to Umeme in Mityana and a truck full of exhibits in Gomba.

However, Mr Stephen Ilungole, the Communications Manager at Umeme Limited said the suspects are not their workers and if any of their staff was involved, then they were acting in their individual selfish interests, and not on behalf of the entity.