Twenty-seven computers stolen from Nyairongo Seed Secondary School

Kikuube, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A security guard and a laboratory assistant were arrested after 27 computers went missing at Nyairongo Seed Secondary School in Kyangwali Sub-County in Kikuube District.

Unknown assailants reportedly raided the school in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Estaliko Bendagumiza, principal of the school, told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that the school management realized on Wednesday morning that 27 computers were missing from the laboratory.

He says the thugs entered the computer room after breaking the window.

He wonders how the bullies were able to steal the school’s computers, but there are guards deployed to take care of security at the school.

He says that after the incident, they immediately notified the police, who arrested one of the school guards identified as Celestine Natukunda 32 and Sharif Besige, the laboratory assistant.

Vincent Alpha Opio, Vice President of Kikuube LCV, described the theft of the computers as a great loss for the school and charged the police to expedite investigations to ensure that all culprits are apprehended and the computers recovered.

Desire Nkurunzinza, the Nyairongo village president, says there could have been collusion between the school guards and the bullies.

Julius Hakiza, spokesperson for the Albertine region police, confirmed the arrest and detention of the two suspects who are currently detained at the Kikuube central police station and stated that the search for more suspects is ongoing.

He says police recovered three computer monitors that the hoodlums allegedly threw on the side of the road on the fateful day.

Hakiza has called on the public to cooperate with the police by taking advantage of crucial information that could lead to the arrest of more suspects believed to have been involved in the theft of the computers.

The stolen computers, CCTV cameras and other information technology (IT) equipment were purchased in June 2022 by the Ministry of Education and Sports at a cost of Sh153 million.

This is not the first time that thugs have attacked secondary schools in the Albertine region to steal computers.

Last month, hoodlums raided Butiaba Seed Secondary School in Buliisa district and stole 21 computers that had been installed in the computer room.

They reportedly managed to get into the computer room. Through the window they broke.

This resulted in the arrest and detention of two suspects, including Godfrey Rwamukaga and Alfred Bigirwenkya, both guards attached to the school. They have since been remanded in custody.

In November 2022, unknown thugs raided Kigorobya Seed Secondary School in Hoima District and took away 16 computers.

The 16 stolen computers were part of 29 newly installed computers at the school.



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