Entebbe police authorities have successfully retrieved 215 Karamoja iron sheets that are suspected to be part of the batch initially stolen from the Office of the Prime Minister, intended for the Karamoja sub-region.
As reported by Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy police spokesperson of Kampala Metropolitan, a local informant provided a tip-off that led to this recovery.
Owoyesigyire detailed that at approximately 10 pm, the Entebbe police received information about an Isuzu Forward vehicle, registered as UAZ 305Q, at a construction site where it was being loaded with iron sheets.
Swift action was taken by the police to secure the site.
In the subsequent morning, a team entered a residential property and discovered 51 iron sheets being loaded onto the mentioned vehicle.
Further investigation led to the uncovering of an additional 164 iron sheets within one of the rooms in the house, situated in Nkumba, Katabi town council, Wakiso district.
This brought the total number of recovered iron sheets to 215.
Some of the iron sheets bore labels identifying them as ‘Roofings prime quality Aluzine pre-painted sheet UNBS certified Gauge 28 (0.32mm) CCAZ85 class 2 coil No.0125-04-01-10 ROOFINGS. MILLS LIMITED 25TH JULY 2022. For the Office of the Prime Minister.’
According to local sources, the residence is associated with an individual known as Joy. Efforts have been made to gather information about the property owner by retrieving water and electricity meter details.
The confiscated items have been transported to Entebbe police station, where ongoing investigations will be conducted.
This situation emerges amid a larger context where six individuals, including ministers, are facing charges linked to the theft of iron sheets intended for the Karamoja sub-region.
Among the accused are Mary Goretti Kitutu, Minister for Karamoja, Agnes Nandutu, State Minister for Karamoja, and Amos Lugoloobi, State Minister for Finance.