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Five Arrested for Stealing Construction Materials at Hoima International Airport

The thugs allegedly sneaked into the construction site on Thursday night and stole five rolls of chain-link wire, cement and other construction materials.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson

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Police in Hoima is holding five suspects for stealing construction materials from the Hoima International Airport. The thugs allegedly sneaked into the construction site on Thursday night and stole five rolls of chain-link wire, cement and other construction materials.    

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Friday Morning that police acted on intelligence information to arrest the suspects from Rwamutunga village where the items had been hidden. 

Hakiza says the suspects whose names have been concealed for fear of jeopardizing police investigations are currently detained at Kabaale Police Post awaiting to be transferred to Hoima Central Police Station.   

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In April Last year, detectives recovered 2,000 litres of diesel that had been stolen from the same site and arrested nine people for allegedly siphoning fuel from company vehicles. The suspects were using a pick-up truck to transport the siphoned fuel to Kampala.   

The construction of Hoima international Airport in Hoima district has been underway since January 2018, a job contracted to SBC Uganda Limited, a joint venture company between Colas Limited of the United Kingdom and SBI International Holdings of Uganda.  

The first phase of the construction of the country’s second international airport, including the runway and cargo-handling facilities, is expected to be ready in 2020, while the entire structure is expected to be complete by 2022.

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