Police in Kampala is probing three electrical engineers attached to UMEME Banda branch on charges of vandalism which has become rampant in the recent days.
The trio was arrested during Police operations against acts of sabotage, vandalism and theft of electric wires and cables, with successful raids at two locations in Namugongo and Katwe.
The suspected vandals identified as Kalumba James, 33, and Semuyaba Joseph, 28, both electrical engineers, were nabbed with an assortment of exhibits.
In a statement, spokesperson Fred Enanga said that when a search was conducted at their known premises, drums of black cables, power connectors and UMEME equipment were recovered.
Thereafter, the task team conducted another operation at Ndejje-Mirimu zone, and arrested Ezra Kimiah Mudhimbwa, a 36year old electrician and sub-contractor of Komolo Co. Ltd.
A search at Ezra’s residence led to the recovery of 3 drums of electric wire cables and electricity connectors.
Last week, Umeme Managing Director Celestino Babungi said that the vandalism of electric installations has cost the company Shs 3.6 Billion since the beginning of the year. In some districts, he said, the company has replaced the electric poles three times in two months.
Police condemned such criminal acts saying they negatively impact the economy as the vandalized equipment need to be replaced, which costs huge amounts of money, in addition to disrupting business in the affected areas.
Due to the collaborative efforts by CID, other stakeholders and the local community, several suspects involved in cable theft and vandalism have been arrested and recoveries of exhibits made.
Last week, three people were arrested for vandalizing electric wires on the Mityana-Mubende highway. The Police said that concerned residents reported a group of people climbing electric poles at Myanzi village on the Mityana-Mubende highway in Kassanda District.
The suspects were identified as Daniel Kyagaba, Rasul Magola, and Jordan Sekidde, all residents of Kilunji village, Mubende Municipality.