Two Cops Arrested In Connection with Railway Line Vandalism.

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Corporal Christopher Gomba and Corporal Mukholi Magombe were picked up on Thursday morning in an operation led by Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander in connection to the destruction of the railway line in Pallisa district.

Two Cops attached to the Railway police post in Mbale are in trouble for alleged connivance with thugs to vandalize the railway line. Corporal Christopher Gomba and Corporal Mukholi Magombe were picked up on Thursday morning in an operation led by Jacob Opolot, the Elgon Regional Police Commander in connection to the destruction of the railway line in Pallisa district.
 
Diana Nandawula, the Elgon Zone Regional Police spokesperson says trouble for the cops started after two men were found red handed vandalizing the railway line in Kasekenyi village in Kabwangasi Sub County Pallisa district in the wee hours of this morning. She identifies the suspects as Babali Faridi and Richard Kanalo, both residents of Busembatia district.

Nandawula says they received information at 2:00am that the suspects were vandalizing the railway line with the full knowledge of the cops and swung into action. She says they found the suspects loading  13 rail slippers worth 13 million shillings on a Fuso truck registration number UAE 924X and opened fire forcing them to abandon their loot and flee to safety.

Nandawula says police trailed and intercepted the suspects before they could vanish. She says preliminary police investigations show that one of the suspects is a son to a senior cop attached to Natete Police Station in Kampala. The cops and suspects are being held at Mbale central police station. Their truck has also been towed to the station. Nandawula says the two officers will be referred to the Police’s Special Standard Unit.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.