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Two policemen arrested over theft of shs3m video equipment

The two officers together with another at large reportedly connived and stole equipment which included a laptop and two television sets from a cinema hall on Sunday night

KIBUKU, UGANDA: The police in Kibuku district has confirmed that two of its officers attached are under investigation over the alleged involvement in the theft of video equipment worth three million shillings.

The officers identified as Mr Zubairi Dankainea a police constable and Yahaya Magera a crime preventer are attached to Kasasira Town Council Police station in Kibuku district.

According to Moses Nsubuga the owner of the stolen equipment, the two officers together with another at large reportedly connived and stole equipment which included a laptop and two television sets from his video hall in an incident that happened on Sunday night according to police records.

Mr Magera confessed to the act and said that he was ready to pay back the equipment, while their colleague identified as Constable Dankaine who was on duty that night managed to escape the arrest but is also being hunted.

Mr Augustine Naliko, the Chairperson of the business community within Kasasira Town Council confirmed the report and said that the implicated officers should be removed with immediate effect because what they have exhibited before the general public was totally against the code of the police.

“We demanded that these officers be removed from the Town Council because this has shown that they have been part of the racket of thieves in the area. Not only should they be transferred but also be punished,” Naliko told this reporter in an interview.

“We have complained about the increasing cases of theft and yet there is a class of people who are just hiding in Police uniforms terrorizing the wanaichi by stealing their properties. We shall not tolerate police officers being behind the theft of people’s properties,” he added.

The Kibuku Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Ms Eva Nalango Kweasiga, has directed the District Police Commander (DPC) to immediately transfer the perpetrators and new ones posted.

“I apologise to the people of Kasasira and condemn the actions of the officers did as they are assigned to protect people and their properties,” Ms Kwesiga said.

She assured the people of Kasasira Town Council that security will be improved and wrong characters within the police will be dealt with accordingly.

This is not the first incident in the district where Police officers have been implicated in the theft, especially of cattle. Residents of Kataka parish, Tirinyi Town council have raised similar concern that the Police is behind these thefts.

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