The equipment worth over 32,000 US dollars that were stolen includes 23 gate valves, 18 adapters flanges, 6 T-flanges and 8 taper flanges while 9 manhole inspection covers have since been vandalized by yet unknown people.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Limited,
a company currently undertaking a multi-billion piped water project in Kitgum
district is losing over 114 million shillings due to theft and vandalism.
Hu Min, the Project Coordinator of the Orom Water Supply and
Sanitation System says during a recent routine inspection they realized damage and
theft of their equipment.
According to Hu Min, the equipment worth over 32,000 US dollars
that was stolen includes 23 gate valves, 18 adapters flanges, 6 T-flanges and
8 taper flanges while 9 manhole inspection covers have since been vandalized by unknown people.
Hu says that the most affected installations are in the areas of
Agoromin and Bale village in Lolwa parish, Orom Sub County; Kakoo village in
Pagwok parish, Namokora Sub County in Kitgum district and Longor village in
Omiya Pachua Sub County, Agago district.
He adds that despite having reported the matter, the police have
been reluctant to investigate the matter which is affecting the completion of
The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says
that his office has embarked on investigations about the theft. Komakech says that he has tasked all local council chairpersons in the affected areas to explain
how the installations were tampered with or stolen since they are mandated to
monitor government programs.
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As part of interventions to ensure the safety of the
installations, the district security committee has recommended the deployment of
the security personnel in all project sites and areas prone to theft and vandalism.
But the Lowa parish councillor III Christopher Obwona refuted the
theft claims and instead accused the contractor of mistreating their workers by
deducting their emoluments, forcing the workers to take the company equipment
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This is the second time that the contractor has reported a case of
theft of their equipment following a similar incident in 2019, where over 300
meter rolls of plastic water pipes were stolen in Lakwanya village, Orom Sub
County and several litres of fuel was siphoned from their trucks.
The Orom Water Supply and Sanitation System is a two-year project
worth over 30 billion shillings being funded by the African Development Bank
and implemented by the Ministry of Water and Environment in Kitgum district.
The project consists of the installations of six mini-solar power
systems with modern pumps and the installation of 11 pressed steel tanks of 50,
100 and 150 cubic meters capacity reservoirs.
It commenced in July 2019 and is expected to be completed before the end of this year and
will supply water from Orom Sub County, to the sub-counties of Namukora, Omiya
Anyima and Mucwini in Kitgum district and Omiya Pachua Sub County in Agago