UMEME Refutes Claims Its Workers Stole Wires and Cables
The police reported earlier this week that they had arrested three people, including UMEME officials, for allegedly stealing electric wires and cables.

UMEME, Uganda’s largest energy distributor, has denied allegations that some of its engineers had stolen electric wires and cables.

 Uganda’s largest energy distributor UMEME has refuted claims that some of its engineers were found in possession of stolen electric wires and cables.

Earlier this week, the police indicated that they had arrested three people including UMEME officials reportedly behind the theft of electric wires and cables in Kampala. 

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the arrest came following intensified operations against acts of sabotage, vandalism and theft of electric wires and cables.

Enanga noted that the successful raids were held at two locations including in Namugongo and Katwe leading to the arrest of these UMEME workers and an assortment of exhibits.

He said the suspects were electrical engineers at the UMEME, Banda branch and residents of Nsawo LCI in Namugongo. He said upon search, electric equipment was recovered in their homes.

“In Namugongo, the task team arrested two suspected vandals identified as Kalumba James, aged 33 and Semuyaba Joseph, aged 28. Both suspects are electrical engineers at the UMEME, Banda branch and residents of Nsawo LCI in Namugongo,” Enanga said.

“Upon a search at their known premises, drums of black cables, power connectors and UMEME equipments were recovered,” he added that the task team also conducted another operation in Ndejje and arrested a 36-year-old electrician suspected to be dealing in the same act.

Enanga mentioned that a search was done at his residence and three drums of electric wire cables and other electricity connecting equipment were recovered.

“The task team conducted another operation at Ndejje-Mirimu zone, and arrested Ezra Kimiah Mudhimbwa, a 36 year old electrician, and a sub-contractor of Komolo Co. Ltd. A search led to the recovery of 3 drums of electric wire cables and electricity connectors. Such criminal acts do negatively impact our economy through vandalism of critical infrastructure, loss of electricity which affects businesses and communities within 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. The operations aimed at solving this senseless and destructive type of crime are continuing,” Enanga added.

However, while responding to the said claims, UMEME’s Head of Communications, Peter Kaujju said that they are yet to receive any reports concerning the arrest of their workers. He also noted that the alleged suspects have never been employees of UMEME.

“The aforementioned have never been employees of UMEME and we strongly disassociate ourselves from them. It is regrettable that the police spokesperson could not verify information about the suspects in question with us despite our collective efforts with the Uganda Police Force in fighting the vice,’’ Kaujju said in an interview with NBS Television.