By Alex Baluku
Police have come under criticism for releasing a driver attached to Kasese Municipal Council who was arrested on allegations of stealing building materials for the administration block.
Dionysius Nyakairwa was on Sunday 2nd Jan 2022 arrested in the connection with the theft of building materials commonly known as mark spans for the administration block.
Nyakairwa was arrested from the office of the Town Clerk on allegations that the truck assigned to him was allegedly seen transporting the materials from the construction site and
Upon reaching the police station, the suspect consented to have participated in the stealing of building materials and quickly said that there was a strong team behind him.
However, the following day the suspect was released on police bond. Now, Members of the Kasese Municipal Development Forum-MDF have tasked Police to explain the circumstances under which Nyakairwa was released even after he had pleaded guilty.
Municipal Development Forums-MDFs are established at the Municipal level for all stakeholders in the urban sector including the urban poor, local government, service providers, private sector and other
stakeholders to meet regularly to exchange views, debate priorities and agree on common actions on matters concerning the urban sector for improved service delivery.
Addressing the media at Verina gardens in Kasese Municipality on Wednesday, the Forum’s President Mr. Farouk Kibaba blamed the police for what he called the force’s rush into releasing the prime suspected thief of the building materials intended for the completion of the now stalled Municipal Administration block.
The outspoken President has since called on police to act swiftly and re-arrest the culprit.
Kibaba who expressed disappoint over some civil servants who have allegedly been mentioned for their involvement in the act asked the Municipal leadership to come up with a clear
statement on how far they have gone with investigations on issues
He said that the Forum was going to work hard with the leaders to ensure that they recover all the stolen items for the good and development of the urban center and challenged the public to be more
vigilant in monitoring government
While speaking to our reporter, ASP Ismail Kaawo, the acting Rwenzori East Police spokesperson confirmed that they had arrested Nyakairwa in connection with the incident and was later given bond as they continue
with the investigation adding that there is no stake holding in crime.
Isaiah Tumwesigye, the Kasese Municipal Town Clerk said that they are doing everything possible within the law to ensure that the culprits are brought to book and ensure that they recover the materials that
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