Thugs Steal University Radio Transmitter

2014 Views Fort Portal, Uganda

In short
The transmitter valued at 25 Million Shillings was stolen on Sunday night. According to Gilbert Masiko, the station manager, the thugs gained entrance to the room where the transmitter was kept by cutting the ceiling of the room. Masiko says that the thugs could have taken advantage of the heavy rain.

Unknown people have stolen the transmitter of Mountains of the Moon FM radio.
 
The transmitter valued at 25 Million Shillings was stolen on Sunday night.
 
According to Gilbert Masiko, the station manager, the thugs gained entrance to the room where the transmitter was kept by cutting the ceiling of the room.  Masiko says that the thugs could have taken advantage of the heavy rain.
 
He adds that the transmitter was stolen after one of the presenters had signed out of the studios. 
 
On Monday, police officers from Fort Portal Police Station used sniffer dogs to track down the suspects in vain. 
 
According to Masiko, two radio staff Joan Namara, Ronald Baguma and the security guard have recorded statements at the police station. 
 
Aloysius Sande, the News Editor says that there have been four attempts by thieves to steal the transmitter. 
 
Musa Tibakirana, the Kabarole district Police Commander says that they have launched investigations into the theft. 
 
Masiko could not rule out an insider job. He however said they will wait for the outcome of the police investigations. 
 
The community radio station owned by Mountains of the Moon University, was set up a year ago with support from the Belgium Government under the Institutional University Cooperation programme.   It is located at the university's premises at Ssaka, Kichwamba Sub County.  
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

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