A joint security force team of police and army in Bukwo district of Sebei region has recovered a total of 800 liters of stolen diesel meant for the construction work on Kapchorwa -Suam road.
The fuel was recovered on Sunday during an operation commanded by Bukwo resident district commissioner Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka.
Hasaka said they recovered the fuel from where it was kept in big drums in two areas namely Chesower sub-county and Riwo town council in Bukwo district.
According to Hashaka, the rampant theft of fuel meant for the road construction had made the work delay.
“We got the fuel when it was being sold to those who own grinding mills and other trucks like Fuso’s,” he said.
The 72-kilometer road of Kapchorwa – Suwam road is being constructed by China State construction and engineering cooperation at the cost of Sh268 billion.
Last month, Jiang Bo, the assistant project engineer of China State Construction Engineering Corporation wrote a letter calling for urgent intervention from the RDC on the rampant theft of fuel.
Jiang said the company was experiencing so much fuel theft that it was frustrating the work and requested the intervention of the resident district commissioner and the district chairperson.
“Fuel theft is too much and we need your intervention, Mr.RDC, he said in the meeting that was called.
URN learnt that it’s because of this outcry from the Chinese made the RDC who’s also the chairman of the district security committee to swung in action.
“The racket of people selling fuel managed to escape in the forest but we shall get them by all means,” he said.
Hashaka ordered the fuel to be taken to the police as an exhibit and later will be handed over to the Chinese to continue with their road work.
Hellen Chebet a resident of Riwo town council accused some Chinese of conniving with their drivers to steal fuel.
“The theft of fuel is between Chinese themselves, their drivers, and fuel dealers because what I know is that the Chinese supervising the workers on the site know what happened,” she said.
Joseph Chelimo another resident of Bukwo town council said one day he witnessedsome people siphoning fuel from a parked excavator at night.
“This a collaborative racket because siphoning fuel from the grader’s tank when it’s closed is not simple, so the drivers leave the tanks open where the thieves get free access to get the fuel,” he said.