KYOTERA, Uganda: John Ssengabi a renowned businessman in Kyotera town, Kyotera district has been jailed for stealing iron bars that were meant to construct Kyakataggwa Road Bridge in Kabira Sub County, Kyotera district.
In August this year, the district initiated the work of constructing Kyakataggwa Bridge which was intended to ease the transportation of various agricultural products from Kabira Sub County to market places of Kyotera and elsewhere.
As the construction went on, the district engineer, Henry Wangi realized that over 50 iron bars were missing and the bridge construction had to go to a standstill. Wangi reported to Kyotera Police Station which promised to make thorough operations and recover the bars.
It was after an operation which was led by the Kyotera District Police Commander (DPC) Musa Kayongo that some of the bars were found at one of Ssengabi’s stores in Kyotera town.
Ssengabi was arrested and later produced in Kakuuto Grade I magistrate’s court on Wednesday. He was however arrested alongside other four former workers at Kyakataggwa bridge who are said to have aided in stealing the bars.
Ssengabi said the district is simply trying to tarnish his name because he is not a thief at all. “When I bought the bars, I didn’t know they had been stolen from somewhere and I had no intention of retarding the bridge construction”, he explained.
The other suspects were bailed out but returned to court on 18th December 2017. Peter Sasira the Kyotera district speaker said many government programmes have continuously failed due to such individuals who care less about the people’s interests as they only satisfy their needs.
Wangi has called for justice from court so that Ssengabi pays for the stolen bars to help the construction proceed. “Our intention was not to go into Court but simply get the lost bars and construct the bridge. So we request court to rule the case rightfully since Police red-handedly found the bars at Ssengabi’s hardware store in Kyotera”, he said.
The bridge was officially meant to start operating on 30th November 2017 and the community is so much aggrieved with the district engineers who failed to fulfill their promise.