Four Held for Theft of Telecommunication Equipment

1413 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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Ely Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, says the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.

Four people have been arrested in Kabale for theft of telecommunication equipment worth Shillings 25 million. The equipment belongs to American Tower Corporation, which owns masts that are used by Airtel and MTN.
The suspects are Andrew Owamani, a private security guard at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Kenneth Tumuhereze, Justus Mugisha and Gilbert Tumukunde, all residents of Nyabikoni in Kabale Municipality.
The group has been targeting batteries and fuel among other Items. They are suspected to have been behind the raids on Rugarama, Nyakabungo, Makanga, Ikumba, Kabanyonyi and Katuna in Kabale and Rukoni and Rubaare in Ntungamo district.

Deo Kikomeko, the National Security Manager, American Tower Corporation-ATC says the company has been losing equipment and fuel since January this year prompting them to install trackers on new batteries.
He says they tracked one of the stolen batteries to Bugongi, a suburb of Kabale town.
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Ely Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesperson, says the suspects will be arraigned in court for theft.
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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