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Theft at a police post jeopardize project

13 October 2014, 10:59 Arap Yego

Busia - An ongoing installation of street lights at Cheptais Market in Mt Elgon constituency, a project that was funded by the Bungoma county government, is in jeopardy after unknown people allegedly stole power cables.

The cables estimated to cost over KES 100 000 which were stored at the Cheptais Sub-County Administration Police (AP) headquarters’ compound were stolen last Tuesday by unknown people.

Locals led by area Member of the County Assembly, Jane Chebet who is also the Bungoma County Assembly Deputy Speaker, wondered how the items can disappear in a secured compound, and pointed a finger at security agents.

“Over 100 metres of electricity cables cannot just disappear like that without catching the eye of security officers. This must be an inside job. If the officers were not involved then they must have worked in cahoots with the criminals,” said Chebet.

The MCA observed that whoever stole the cables is out to sabotage the noble street lighting project by the Bungoma County, and threatened to lead the residents in a massive demonstration on Wednesday if the cables are not recovered.

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When reached for comment, Omar Salat who is the Cheptais Deputy County Commissioner confirmed the incident but absolved his officers from blame.

He admitted that the contractor who is working in the project stored the items at the sub-county headquarters' compound but did not involve his officers in securing the power cables.

“The contractor’s workers when the project started have been collecting the cables from the compound to use in the project, and according to the reports we have, some of them collected the items even at 7.00 PM. You can apportion blame to our officers when they were not involved in the first place,” said Salat.

“Yes, the cables disappeared but we cannot point a finger at our officers now. We have already launched our investigations over the matter, and we will soon arrest the culprits behind the theft of the cables,” said the administrator, who added that no officer will be spared if found guilty.

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