Aviation Gas siphoned under Police Custody

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Authorities in Soroti are investigating circumstances under which several liters of aviation gas has been siphoned from a truck under police custody. Soroti district security committee last month handed over to the police a fuel tanker loaded with 25,000 liters of Avgas which had been illegally procured by the management of Soroti East African School of Civil Aviation Academy. The fuel was procured by the former Director of Soroti East African School of Civil Aviation Academy Silver Kaija from an American company DG International without the knowledge of the school contract's committee. The school's contract's committee later rejected it on grounds that Kaija had flouted the procurement process by purchasing fuel from DG International yet the official supplier of aviation fuel to Soroti Flying School is Shell Uganda. The fuel tanker was subsequently impounded by the district security committee and handed over to the police for safe custody. But a team from the Ministry of Works which is investigating the botched procurement deal was yesterday shocked to discover that the truck which is under a 24-hour surveillance by the police had been vandalized. Denis Sabiti, the Assistant Commissioner in the Ministry of Works says the ministry who led a team of investigators says the truck carrying the fuel has been vandalized from where it has been packed. Sabiti says the ministry is trying to establish whether the papers that accompanied the tanker are legally binding before they can open the seal to find out if there is any fuel inside it. Abbey Kisubi, the Mideastern Police Commander denies that the police was in charge of the security of the fuel tanker. Kisubi claims that the security of the tanker was a responsibility of the district security committee headed by the RDC Ben Etonu. Etonu could not be reached for a comment.


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