By George Busiinge
Police last evening unearthed a fuel siphoning racket at Kibanjwa, in Bujumbura division, Hoima municipality and recovered fuel worth three million shillings.
Four suspects were also arrested after they were reportedly found siphoning the fuel from the fuel tankers belonging to SBC, a company contracted by government to construct Hoima International Airport in Buseruka.
Allan Julius Hakiiza, the Albertine region police publicist has confirmed the report saying they recovered 55 jerrycanes of diesel and 28 empty drums assembled for fuel in one of the rented room by the gangs.
Hakiiza who refused to disclose the identities of the suspects said they are also investigating reports that some policemen were aiding the practice.
He said although no police officer had been arrested yet, those found behind the practice will be arrested and prosecuted in court.
Addressing the press last night, Ronnie Waiswa, the regional police commander warned the public against the practice saying it jeopardizes the ongoing airport construction project.
Stealing of fuel remains the major challenge among contractors in the region executing oil related construction projects. It’s reported that fuel thieves connive with some drivers in the construction companies who sale the fuel on the black market.
Hakiiza says they have intensified their intelligence on ground to wipe out the practice warning that anyone found will be dealt with as per the law.