Thugs take off with eight computers for Butambala district

Work has stalled at Butambala district offices following the theft of 8 computers from major departments.

According to information obtained by URN, thugs broke into five offices on Tuesday night and stole computers belonging to the education department, Community Based Services (CBS ) and production, Works department as well as the District Service Commission.

Senior officials at the district say that the computers contained important information regarding the district programmes and work plans.

According to employees at the district, 2 of the stolen computers were brand new and were being used for Uganda Women Empowerment Program (UWEP) children welfare, and the Youth livelihood Program (YLP) among others.

Rashidah Namboowa, the Butambala District LC V chairperson, says that many programs have stalled because of the theft of computers with vital information.

According to Namboowa, the available information shows that the thugs were traveling in vehicles and stormed the district before the guards arrived.

Describing the incident as a set back to the district since they didnt plan for the purchase of new computers, Namboowa said that they will put in place a fulltime security and surveillance system to prevent any reoccurrence.

Namboowa described the incident as a wake-up call, saying that the district shall work to ensure that the premises are guarded fulltime.

District employees who declined to be named wondered why the headquarters lacked full-time security like other government offices across the country.

A female employee questioned why the Resident District Commissioner is guarded full time yet the district offices are not.

Fredrick Joel Kafeero, the officer in charge of gender and social services at the district said that his department was the most affected because 5 out of the 8 stolen computers were picked from his office.

Katonga Region Police Spokesperson, Lydia Tumushabe says that they received information about the theft and were still waiting for details to commence investigations


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