Police are holding
three suspects in connection to the break-in at Kibuku district headquarters. The
suspects are Mika Kirya, a security guard, Fatima Kalendaka, an office
attendant and Bob Mulenyi, a resident of Kibuku town council.
The trio was picked up
on Thursday after thugs broke into the district offices on Wednesday evening. According
to police, the thugs broke into the office of the Chief Finance Officer,
registry and that of Deputy Chief Administrative officer where they walked away
with valuable documents, Shillings 5.2 million and laptops among other items.
Kibuku District Police Commander, Stephen Twinomugisha, says the suspects were
tracked down with the help of sniffer dogs from Pallisa and Iganga district. He
says the dogs let them to Mulenyi’s home, which is next to district
headquarters leading to his arrest. “We also arrested the security guard who
claimed he was chloroformed and the office attendant for neglect of duty these
will help us in investigations” he said.
The North Bukedi North Region Police Commander, Cyrus Omalla, said they have
embarked on a manhunt for the remaining suspects who could have been involved
in the raid. He says they are also investigating the circumstances, under
which the offices were broken into despite the presence of the security guard.
Kibuku Chief Administrative Officer, Richard Mugolo declined to comment, saying
he hadn’t received a full brief about the incident since he was away on treatment
when the break-in occurred. Charles Kadyama, the Kibuku District LC 5 Chairperson suspects that the theft
could have been an inside job, arguing that no outsider could know where they
keep their valuables.
“This is just a planned move by workers at the district. It is has now remained
a matter to be investigated by the police this is not the first time district
property is being stolen under unclear circumstances,” he said. Kibuku Resident District Commissioner, Juliet Najjuma Ssenkole, says the break-in
has triggered fear and demoralized staff at the district headquarters.