13 people, including private security guards, have been arrested by police in connection to siphoning fuel with Ntungamo road construction site.
The 13 were arrested on Tuesday near Rubare trading centre along the Ntungamo Kabale road having siphoned 196 jerricans of diesel from road construction machines.
Police also recovered spare parts stolen from road construction machines, an A.K 47rifle with live rounds ammunition, four pangas, a spear and boots.
The Rwizi regional police commander Martin Abilu has identified the suspects as Benjamin Agonda (30) of Arua district but attached to Security Plus, Dezi Katongole (45) of Buremba in Kiruhura district also attached to Security Plus and Boaz Hakiri (30) from Ntungamo district.
Others are Yesu Ariyo Tito (23) of Kabale, David Bahati (21) of Ibanda, Joseph Mwanga (21) Ntungamo, Wilson Kamwesiga (26) Ntungamo, Ambrose Biryomumaisho (24) of Ntungamo, Julius Ndagizi (19) and Charles Fitimukiza all of Kisoro district.
Abilu says the recovered siphoned fuel is worth 14 million shillings. He says police is also hunting for the owners of four vehicles registration numbers UAP /109 X, UAE/ 204D and UAA/082J that were impounded loaded with stolen fuel. One of the ring leaders managed to speed away before the vehicle plate numbers could be recorded.
They also found with forged receipt of Cattily Service Station in Kampala indicating that 4000 litres of fuel worth 14.8million shillings was drawn from there just to fool police on men in case they are intercepted.
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Abilu says police will not hesitate to start shooting dead anyone caught siphoning fuel on the Nyakahita-Ibanda road, Mbarara-Isingiro and Ntungamo-Kabale roads that are currently under construction.
Dan Alinange, spokesperson Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), says stealing of fuel remain the major challenge all contractors are facing across the country leading to delays in completion of construction work on roads.
Alinange says government has suffered huge costs in road construction as a result of people stealing fuel and other vital spare parts from contractors at road construction sites.
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Alinange reveals that UNRA in collaboration with police they are trying to fight the habit of people siphoning fuel at construction sites in order to have quality and timely work done on major roads.
Ntungamo- Kabale road stretch is part of the Mbarara-Katuna project that was contracted by the government of Uganda to Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) for reconstruction in 2012 at a tune of 200 billion shillings and is estimated to be completed by the end of 2014.