The suspects were picked-up in a joint security operation comprised of detectives from the Special Investigations Unit of Kireka and police officers from Kampala Metropolitan Police South areas of Katwe, Busabala and Kampala Metropolitan Police North parts of Masanafu and Nakulabye on Wednesday evening.
The special Investigations Unit-SIU is
detaining ten suspects on allegations of vandalizing the telecom masts in various
parts of the country.
Charles Twine, the Criminal
Investigations Directorate-CID spokesperson has identified the suspects as
Martha Namukasa of 30-years, Anet Nakkazi aged 54-years, Clare Namatovu, 25-years, Owen Katerega,36, and David Otim 25-years-old.
Others include Ibrahim Balaza,30, Jorum Ssemanda,20, Hussein Kato, 23, and two
juveniles aged 14 and 16, whose identities police has withheld, describing them as victims.
The suspects were picked-up in a
joint security operation comprised of detectives from the Special Investigations
Unit of Kireka and police officers from Kampala Metropolitan Police South areas
of Katwe, Busabala and Kampala Metropolitan Police North, parts of Masanafu
and Nakulabye on Wednesday evening.
to Journalists at SIU Kireka offices today, Twine said
suspects have been vandalizing
telecommunication masts and adversely affecting networks and internet connections.
“We got intelligence that there is a cross-section
of people that are deliberately targeting different telecommunication mast generators that generate power and vandalize them for the past months which
called for an immediate action. Said Twine.
During the operation, vandalized assortments of
generator spare parts were recovered in stores and others in different shops.
Police experts have indicated that the recovered items have a value of UGX400
million, but the reported stolen goods in various masts are wot=rth about UGX 2 billion.
“The danger with vandalizing masts is
that these telecommunication companies use masts for connections using the internet, and the unfortunate bit of this is that some hospitals use this
internet," Twine added.” "We have received some cases where doctors have got problems during
their daily work operations over internet failures.
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Twine explains that apart from
hospitals, security CCTV cameras have also been challenged by continuous internet
disconnections once masts are disabled. He explains that the ongoing
investigations will be enlarged to include terrorism actions.
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According to detectives, most of the parts stolen from
the masts end up being sold in Kampala mostly in Kisenyi scrap and metal
shops. The Investigators says the operations are still ongoing and are
expected to extend to various districts of Uganda.