By Aminah Nabuule
Two Chinese nationals attached to China Henan International Cooperation Group Ltd (CHICO), which is constructing Rukungiri-Kanungu road are in police custody in Kihihi Town in Kanungu District for connivance with suspected fuel thieves.
The suspects, whose identities have been withheld by police, have only been identified as the Site Manager and supervisor. The suspects were found seated near their trucks while a Boda boda cyclist was siphoning fuel.
Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju, the Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says that he found the Boda boda rider siphoning fuel in a jerrycan from one of the trucks as the Chinese were looking on.
“This clearly shows that they were in the deal with the Boda boda guy,” he said. According to Rugaju, when the suspected thief saw him, he took off and left his motorcycle and pipe he was using to syphon oil.
The management of China Henan International Cooperation Group Ltd (CHICO) has not yet commented about the arrest of their employees. By the time of filing this story, the suspects were locked up at Kihihi Police station.