Police in Butaleja have arrested two men for their alleged involvement in the theft of food items meant for people who were displaced by floods in the district.
Issa Fagayo and Musa Kagaba, of Himutu Sub County were arrested on Thursday following a tip off by locals. They were smoked out of their hideout in Magola village, with two sacks of maize flour and eight bags of millet flour worth shillings 2.3 million.
The Magola village LC one chairman, Peter Were, said on Friday that the two men had earlier been suspected of breaking into the food stores at night. They were found attempting to sell off their loot to a businessman in Mbale.
The Butaleja district police commander, Thomas Kamugisha, said the two will appear in court shortly to answer charges of theft.
More than 1,200 people were displaced by floods triggered off by heavy rains in the district.
Recently, the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness delivered a consignment of relief food to the displaced people, who have been eagerly waiting for the share of the aid.