By Scovin Iceta
MOYO–The Police in Moyo district are holding one suspect in connection to attempted break-in into the premises of Moyo SACCO. Unknown thieves on Sunday Night cut through the roof of the SACCO located Mission road, Moyo town council and attempted to break the safe using gas cylinder and iron bars. According to eye witnesses, the thugs gained access to the inside, but failed to break the safe where money is kept. Neighbours rushed to the scene after hearing noise and arrested one person while others fled away.
Police have identified the suspect as John Tamale, a resident from Kampala. Steven Alatawa, a member of the SACCO says he had come to check work on a construction site near the Sacco Premise when he heard strange noise coming from the SACCO building. He says on coming closer, he saw strange people, who after seeing him took off. Tamale who had already gained access to the inside was arrested by the neighbours who rushed to the sncene, beating him up.
“I arrived here and park my car in front of the Sacco and after those people hearing the noise of the vehicle they took off from behind door and I show two people having hand gloves in their hands”, Alatawa said.
He added that police arrived at the Sacco Premise after the locals had already arrested one of the thugs and they started firing life bullets in air to disperse the crowd after some attempted to lynch the suspect.
Dr. Thomas Abbey Anyanzo, the Board Chairman Moyo Sacco says the theft would have left members in abject poverty if it had happened. He says “Moyo Sacco is big, it is fifth biggest Sacco in the entire country and all our money is here and so if anything bad happen it will not only affect the people you see around here but the entire people who save their money with the Sacco.”
He said vigilance of the members of the Sacco has helped in the process of arresting one of the suspects. “It is not easy to arrest criminal because you don’t know what he or she is carrying but the fact that the locals took that courage to arrest him deserves recognition”, he said.
Anyanzo challenged the police not to delay the investigation for too long. ”I know in in this country investigation of such nature takes forever but I trust the way the detective officers responded we will get justice and we leave the matter to the police”, DrAnyanzo says.
John Agaba, the Moyo district police commander says the incident is regrettable but thanked the people for their vigilance. “This is the neighborhood watch police normally talks about and people should continue with it”, he said.
He says police recovered many items in the room such as gas cylinders, iron cutters and iron bars. He urged people to report suspicious Characters with strange items to police or local authorities
Agaba says the search for suspect who are on the run will continue until they are all arrested. “The arrested suspect will be interrogated to help the police in investigating the matter, the thugs have heavy network out their because a person cannot come from Kampala to Moyo when he has no network and all those will be investigated and the police shall come up with the report”, Agaba says.