Three in Kiryandongo Arrested for Theft

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Three people including a special police constable have been arrested in connection with the theft of iron sheets meant for Kiryandongo refugee settlement camp in Kiryandongo district.

 Three people including a special police constable have been arrested in connection with the theft of iron sheets meant for Kiryandongo refugee settlement camp in Kiryandongo district.
 
The suspects are Hussein Masalaza, a special police constable attached to Panyadholi police post in the refugee settlement camp and Moses Ofwono, the camp supervisor. The 3rd suspect is Emmanuel Okecho, a storekeeper.
 
Patrick Byaruhanga, the Kiryandongo district police commander says the trio is being held in connection with the theft of 120 iron sheets from the refugee settlement camp.
 
The iron sheets were donated by the office of the prime minister to build shelter for the displaced people who were resettled in the area after the March 2010 landslides in Bududa district.
 
The iron sheets were stolen from the store on Saturday night but later recovered after a police search in the nearby bush about 200 meters away.
 
Despite the theft, the store was found properly locked and police believe that the suspects gained access to the keys to open the store.
 
Byaruhanga explains that SPC Masalaza was guarding the store while Okecho is the one who stays with the keys.
 
As the camp supervisor, Ofwono is suspected to have had a hand in the theft. Byaruhanga says the trio could have connived to steal the iron sheets.
 
The three are now held at Kiryandongo police station pending charges of burglary and theft. The recovered iron sheets are also kept at the police station.
 
The prime minister’s office is currently funding the construction of houses for the Bududa landslide victims now resettled at Kiryandongo refugee settlement camp.
 
Under the arrangement, each family is built a two bedroom house.