The suspects have been identified as Abudallah Mansur, Swalleh Adam and Rasul Maliamungu all residents of Arua district. Albertine police spokesman Julius Hakiza says they received intelligence led information that the trio had connived with some truck drivers belonging to CICO and siphoned fuel from their trucks.
Police in Buliisa are holding three suspects on
allegations of stealing fuel from China Chongqing International Construction
Company Limited-CICO. CICO is undertaking the tarmacking of Hoima
–Butiaba- Wanseko road.
The suspects have been identified as Abudallah
Mansur, Swalleh Adam and Rasul Maliamungu all residents of Arua district. The trio was traveling in a vehicle
registration number UAY 709B Isuzu Box body. They were arrested on Sunday evening at around 6 p.m within Buliisa town.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson
says the trio who were disguised transporters of fish to Arua district were
later found with 44 jerrycans of suspected stolen fuel. The 44 jerrycans were
recovered from their box body vehicle.
Hakiza says police received intelligence led
information that the trio had connived with some truck drivers belonging to CICO
and siphoned fuel from their trucks.
Police immediately swung into action and
mounted a roadblock intercepting the vehicle. Upon checking, police recovered
the suspected stolen fuel from their vehicle.
They were immediately arrested and conveyed to
Buliisa central police station where they are currently being detained. Police
also impounded their vehicle that is also parked at Buliisa central police
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According to Hakiza, once police
investigations are through, the suspects will be produced before court to be
charged with theft.
Theft of fuel on major road construction
projects and other critical projects in the Albertine Graben is rampant. On October 4,2020, Muhammad Mutazindwa was
shot dead by Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF Soldiers attached to the Marine
Brigade who were guarding road construction equipment in Buliisa district.
The deceased was siphoning fuel from trucks
belonging to China Chongqing International Construction Company Limited-CICO
together with three others still at large.
The soldiers who acted on a tip-off that the
deceased and his accomplices were siphoning fuel from the company trucks shot
Mutazindwa after he attempted to flee as he was caught red-handed siphoning
On April 13, 2021, police in Buliisa arrested
three people for allegedly stealing fuel from trucks belonging to China
Chongqing International Construction Company Limited- CICO. The company was
contracted to work on the Hoima –Butiaba- Wanseko road.
The suspects identified as Charles Katwkwa 35,
Jesero Wandera 36 and Abdallah Kusiima 19 were arrested in Buliisa town Council
after they connived with CICO truck drivers and siphoned fuel from the
In April 2018, detectives recovered 2,000
litres of diesel that had been stolen from the Hoima International Airport
construction site in Kabaale village, Kabaale Parish, Kabaale Sub County in
Hoima district and arrested nine people for allegedly siphoning fuel from
The suspects were using a pick-up truck to
transport the siphoned fuel to Kampala.