KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Joint Anti-Vandalism task force comprising of the Uganda Police, UPDF, and UMEME among other licensed operators in the power sector has launched operations against vandalism and destruction of Electricity assets in the country.
The electricity assets affected by the continued and rampant vandalism include; pylons, wires/conductors, tower stabs, transformers, poles, underground cables and related accessories, which are bought by dealers in scrap metal, smelters and welders who use oil from transformers for their welding business.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says as a result of the above, communities and businesspersons in the districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Jinja, Mayuge, Iganga, Kamuli, Bugiri, Busia, Tororo, Lira, Oyam, Kole, Masaka,, Kyotera, Mbarara, Luwero, Kiryandongo, Mbale, Soroti, Mpigi, Kasese, and Buliisa districts, were negatively affected by the power disruptions arising out of vandalism.
“So far, the operations have led to the arrest of several perpetrators of vandalism, across all levels and the successful recovery of an assortment of exhibits. The returns will be shared with the public accordingly.”
He adds, “We want to thank all persons who volunteered information about the vandals and the racket of dealers, behind the acts of theft and vandalism of the electricity infrastructure.”
“We urge the public to continue working with us in fighting this crime and share information, on telephone numbers; 0774973063, 0707928088, 0772513713, 0701513731, 0772505515, 0702505515, 0706640077, 0772537215, 0752088642, 0774275542, 0774956740 and 0700359891.
Police has also instituted an undisclosed monetary reward for any accompanying information that will lead to the arrest of suspects and the recovery of exhibits.
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