3 Held For Siphoning Fuel From Lake Kyoga Ferry

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Two ferry operators and a taxi driver have been arrested for allegedly siphoning about 320 litres of diesel from a government ferry operating on Lake Kyoga in Amolatar district.

Two ferry operators and a taxi driver have been arrested for allegedly siphoning about 320 litres of diesel from a government ferry operating on Lake Kyoga in Amolatar district.

The trio has been identified as Geoffrey Oyuku, a taxi operator at Namasale landing site, and Charles Kasozi, and his colleague only identified as Okaka, both ferry operators.

They are being held at Amolatar Central Police Station pending further investigations.

Police recovered about 200 litres of diesel with Geoffrey Oyuku parked in jerricans inside his car.

Central North police spokesman Manshur Suwed says they also recovered another 120 litres from Okaka, a ferry operator which was also parked in another taxi waiting to be transported to the buyers.

Richard Ogwang Odyero, the Amolatar Resident District Commissioner confirms the arrest, saying it follows leaked information about illegal sale of ferry fuel. He reveals that the trio was trapped by a security team who had been informed that sale of ferry fuel was becoming a lucrative business for the ferry employees.

Ogwang explains that the ferry was designed to travel 4 times a day but it has not been the case as it runs out of fuel.

He further notes that illegal sale of the ferry fuel had always frustrated the routine navigations of the ferry.

The 180-ton MV Kyoga 1 ferry was commissioned early this year by President Yoweri Museveni to sail from Lwampanga in Nakasongola to Namasale landing site in Amolatar district.