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Three Scrap Dealers Arrested for Vandalisim in Kotido

In an operation led by the Kotido District Police Commander, Apollo Kyangungu, the police managed to recover three metallic doors plucked off from a public toilet at Boma Ground and 97 angle bars. Other angle bars had been cut into pieces and packed into two bags.
Some of the suspects of vandalism with their stolen metals.

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Three people dealing in scrap have been arrested for vandalism in Kotido.

In an operation led by the Kotido District Police Commander, Apollo Kyangungu, the police managed to recover three metallic doors plucked off from a public toilet at Boma Ground and 97 angle bars. Other angle bars had been cut into pieces and packed into two bags.

Police also recovered wheelbarrows, a generator, bicycle frames and other spare parts.

The items were kept as scrap in the stores of one of the suspects, Hussein Muduli, a businessman in Kotido. Police also recovered similar items from the stores of Simon Sabunyu, 26 and Hazzan Sowedi, 29 both residents of Narikapet.

The police operation followed a report by the Chairperson School Management Committee of Kotido Mixed Primary School, Adar Felix Arnold.

The group with others at large vandalized the school fence and cut off the 130 angle bars.

Adar said the thieves stole the angle bars and ferried them to unknown destination.

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On Wednesday, guards of Kotido Mixed Primary School tracked the footprints of the suspects leading to Maduli’s scrap stores.

Police believe the suspects were planning to transport the property elsewhere to sell as scrap.

Following the operation, Kyangungu suspended the selling and buying of scraps in the district until further notice.

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This is not the first time public property has been vandalized and sold as scraps. Last year, unknown thieves stole benches and beds from Kotido Health Centre IV and at Lokitelaebu Primary School.

Thieves also broke the angle bars of Kanawat Cattle market.

Rose Angella, a resident in Kotido town attributes the thefts and vandalism to negligence by the concerned authorities.

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