Soroti recovers 180 pieces of stolen railway sleepers
By Robert Edwomu
Soroti – 2, September 2021: Authorities of Soroti district have recovered 180 pieces of vandalized (stolen) railway sleepers and other materials from the locals.
They say the locals surrendered it to the local councilor one (LC) chairpersons.
Soroti Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Patrick Okumu earlier on gave an ultimatum to all Soroti residents who vandalized the railway line and took its sleepers to ‘return or face arrest and subsequent jail sentence’.
“The culprits that will be arrested will face charges and jail sentence of 10 years upon prosecution in the courts of law,” he said earlier.
The ultimatum directed residents with stolen railway materials to handover it to the area LCs. The RDC termed it “the gazetted place”.
David Emaju is the LC1 chairman, Kelim B village Tubur sub county. He says locals in his area for fear of arrests and prosecution immediately adhered to the directive and started returning the pieces slowly.
He tells TND News that some residents returned the materials at night and asked for anonymity to the security for fears of being arrested.
Simon Epasu, the vice chairperson LC1, Kelim D village says his village collected whatever they had, and advised that whoever still possesses the materials does it at their own cost.
RDC Okumu states that security will pick up the materials from the gazetted areas and have it delivered to Uganda Railway authorities.
The operation is part of the government process to revive the railway transport as government is moving to have a standard gauge railway line worked on.