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Three Arrested Over Vandalizing Electricity Power Lines :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Three Arrested Over Vandalizing Electricity Power Lines

Alisat Namulondo, a salon operator in the area, expressed concern that the vandalism of electricity power lines has adversely affected business operations, leading to frequent power outages.
Police in Busoga East have confirmed the arrest of three suspects for allegedly vandalizing electricity power lines in Mayuge district. The suspects were reportedly apprehended on Monday while vandalizing electricity power lines in Musita village, Mpungwe sub-county, Mayuge district. 

The detained individuals, namely Asuman Egesa, Kalifani Ntalo, and William Balidawa, are currently held at Mayuge central police station, awaiting further prosecution. Alisat Namulondo, a salon operator in the area, expressed concern that the vandalism of electricity power lines has adversely affected business operations, leading to frequent power outages. 

Namulondo suggested that UMEME should collaborate with the police and village chairpersons to enhance patrols in the high-risk areas of power line hosting communities, aiming to prevent further vandalism. Rodgers Musonge, another trader, accused a faction of metal smelters involved in crafting saucepans, knives, and other metallic ornaments of colluding with local leaders to vandalize electric wires. 

Musonge claimed that the wires serve as raw materials for their industry, with the surplus being sold off to factories as scrap. He proposed the implementation of interconnected power lines with surveillance systems to detect suspected vandals easily, enabling prompt action by law enforcement.

The Busoga East police spokesperson Diana Nandawula stated that the suspects were apprehended based on a tipoff from neighboring residents who observed them vandalizing electricity wires. Nandawula added that the suspects are facing charges of vandalism and theft of government property.

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