The Observer (Kampala)

13 December 2012

Uganda: Man Arrested With Stolen Warid Fuel

The Police Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in Kireka is interrogating Badru Sekasamba, a city trader, for allegedly stealing Warid Telecom batteries and over 1,850 litres of fuel from the company's mast stations.

According to Yasin Sekamatte, Warid's head of Network Security, they found Sekasamba selling the fuel in jerrycans at Kireka Lorries' park on December 8, 2012.

"When we trailed and arrested him, we found out that this was the very person who had sometime back been arrested with Warid mast batteries from Buyara mast in Makindye division. He was arrested in a taxi registration number UAR 165X carrying the Warid batteries. We reported this matter to police and he was produced in court and later released," Sekamatte said.

Sekasamba was arrested with a one Farouk, after selling five jerrycans of fuel to truck drivers in Kireka. Deputy police spokesman Vincent Sekate said Sekasamba confessed to stealing 1,850 litres of fuel from Warid. He said he had more fuel kept at his home in Kasokoso, Kira town council, Wakiso district. Warid Telecom is said to have lost billions of shillings to thieves who siphon fuel from their generator tanks.

Police escorted him to his home and picked 20 batteries and three jerrycans of fuel.

Sekasamba also reportedly confessed to selling 12 batteries after conniving with a security guard at Warid's mast in Kirinya, identified as John Ole, who was also arrested in a recent operation.

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