By our Reporter.
Police in Sheema are holding two people suspected of being behind the vandalism of electrical transformers.
The two who include; Latif Batambuze (27) and Medard Mwebembezi (25), all residents of Lyantonde district who were picked up on Tuesday night are said to have been posing as electricians as they raid several areas in the district targeting spare parts from the transformers.
Greater Bushenyi regional police spokesperson, Martial Tumusiime says that the two men were spotted by locals in the areas of Kyengyendo, Rwicumu, Masheruka and Nyakanoni before being apprehended. He says that at the time of their arrest, the angry locals had descended on them before being whisked by Police.
Tumusiime adds that the two were using a motorcycle registration number UEW 579P which was set ablaze by the locals before police intervened.
Sheema resident district commissioner, Frank Besigye Kyerere says that it is unfortunate that some people are making life hard for locals since it is expensive and takes long to replace vandalized power transformers.
He however, called for vigilance and use of legal means to address the vice instead of resorting to mob justice. Vandalizing power transformers has been a common practice in the greater Bushenyi districts. By the end of 2018, at least 21 power transformers had been destroyed in Greater Bushenyi area in a period of six months.
Twelve of the transformers were vandalized in Bushenyi district alone. Each of the vandalized transformers, according to UMEME costs about Shillings 1 billion.