Crime & Investigation

Retired Major Arrested over Telecom Equipment Theft


cost geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Rtd. Major Mukasa Kayongo, page a resident of Kawempe Division, Bernard Male, Joseph Kakooza, Kenneth Motive, Zam Zadendi and Reim Kazeera were picked by detectives on Saturday and paraded before the media in Kampala.

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Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango told Chimpreports on Saturday that Kayongo chased away all tenants from his houses in Kawempe to provide storage for stolen equipment which would later be sold to organisations in South Sudan.

“The suspects have been stealing fuel, batteries and other equipment from telecom masks. Surprisingly enough, these suspects had contracts with some of the telecom companies in Uganda and were hired to do technical work on some masts in the country,” said Onyango.

“Joseph Kakooza was hired from the American Tower Cooperation to do technical work for Airtel but was caught red-handed trying to sell off the company’s gadgets. The rest were agents of EATOM Company hired to do similar technical work,” he added.

Stolen items recovered from Kayongo’s residence include batteries which cost shs1m each, copper wire equipment’s which costs 12,000 per kilogram and other equipment.

The suspects face charges of theft.


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