SUSPECTED NWSC WATER PIPE THIEVES, VANDALS NABBED
By Joel Mugabi
National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and a joint team of law enforcement officers in the Mpigi Area have arrested people suspected to have been engaging in vandalizing and stealing equipment, including water pipes.
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The vandals and thieves had in recent months hampered efforts by NWSC, one of most efficiently run government agencies, to offer a reliable water supply to clients in the area. Others had made it a habit to use water without paying for it.
But ahead of the festive season, the water utility closely worked with area leaders and law enforcements agencies, particularly Uganda Police Force (UPF), in hunting for the suspected criminals who had made it a habit to vandalize and steal pipes on pedestals in the swampy areas of the network hence causing interruption in water supply.
In the operation, NWSC and security teams recovered DI 12pcs DN200 on a transmission main which transfers bulky water from Buwama to Gombe Branch. The pipes had been stolen days earlier. They were later recovered from a truck that was impounded in Ndeeba-Kampala.
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Three suspects were arrested, detained and committed to court. NWSC officials in Mpigi lauded the arrests and recovery of stolen pipes as “a big catch for the Area and Corporation in general.” The water corporation also reiterated its commitment to collaborating with security agencies in the area to further clamp down on the vices of vandalism and theft of equipment.
The NWSC team further saluted officers of Uganda Police Forces as well as the corporation’s enforcement team for being vigilant, responding swiftly and for expertly coordinating intelligence gathering which made the operation, informed by a tip-off, successful.
The utility, whose Managing Director is Eng Dr Silver Mugisha, has over the years condemned the vices of water theft and vandalism of NWSC equipment and infrastructure, complaining that these criminal acts cost the corporation billions in repairs and losses, interrupt supply and hinder efforts to extend water to more Ugandans across the country. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us email@example.com).