Five charged with vandalism of electricity infrastructure
Mbarara Chief Magistrate’s Court has remanded five people on charges of vandalism of electricity infrastructure.
The five include: Johnson Mutaho alias Mwine, 36, a technician with Umeme attached to Mbarara branch, Richard Atusasire, 27, an electrician with Polycom technical engineering, Innocent Mwekambe, 24, a casual labourer, Edgar Tashobya, 35, a driver and Samuel Tumusiime, 40, who is self-employed.
Prosecution led by State Attorney Amina Akasa told court that the accused persons on the January 10th, 2023 at Butenga II village, Kishuro Parish, Birere Sub-county in Isingiro District, interfered with electronic system resulting into disruption of provision of essential services.
Court presided over by His worship Benjamin Seruwo read out the charges to the accused and they were subsequently remanded to Mbarara Central Prison until February 2nd.
Vandalism of electrical equipment, e.g., electrical meters, works, and public lamps contravenes Section 85, of the Electricity Amendment Act 2022 and attracts a sentence not exceeding 10 years.