February 23, 2024

Council Speaker arrested with stolen road construction equipment

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RUKUNGIRI

The Police in Rukungiri have arrested the Bikurungu town council speaker for allegedly stealing Gabion wires estimated to cost over Ugx 10M belonging to China Henan International Company CHICO which is constructing the Rukungiri-Kanungu- Ishasha road.

The suspect according to Rukungiri district Police Commander DPC Musa Tibakirana is Esau Aharimpisya a 36 year resident of Kanshekye (ii) cell, Eastern Ward in Bikurungu town council, Rukungiri district.

There have been reports that theft of construction materials including fuel, vehicle batteries, cement among other materials at this road is at high rate which has hindered the progress of the project.

Since the vice became overwhelming, some concerned residents informed the Police that speaker Bikurungu town council Aharimpisya had Gabion wires looked exactly like those of CHICO Company that he had used to fence his land which forced police to intervene.

Police and officials from CHICO visited the speaker’s home and confirmed that the properties belonged to the Company, thus took them to Rukungiri Central Police station as investigations into the matter commence.

SP Tibakirana confirmed the arrest of speaker Aharimpisya saying that he will be taken to court to face the law.

Tashobya Stephen the safety manager CHICO Company Limited told our reporter that theft of construction materials has stalled the progress and timely completion of this project.

When asked about who could be behind the theft of these materials, Tashobya narrated that some CHICO Company workers and the security guards are the one selling them to residents calling upon the general public to be vigilant and always inform responsible authorities in case anyone is found in possession of such materials. 

The Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen condemned thefty of construction materials along Rukungiri-Kanungu road especially by the leaders who should live as examples of others adding that whoever is caught will be dealt with accordingly.

Nsubuga requested the community to know that the money being used to construct the mentioned road is not for the Chinese but for the government of Uganda thus everyone’s responsibility to look after this equipment to benefit all.

On shoddy work by the CHICO Company Limited on the project, Nsubuga appealed to the general public to stop the habit of buying construction materials from some of the company’s employees.

Previously, Police in Kihihi Town in Kanungu District arrested 2 Chinese working with China Henan International Cooperation Group Ltd (CHICO), for allegedly conniving with suspected fuel thieves.

The two whose details were not disclosed to the press were found seated nearby their trucks while a boda cyclist was siphoning fuel from the truck.

The Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju said that he found one Boda Boda siphoning fuel in a jerry can from one of the trucks as the Chinese were looking on.

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