The area LC III Chairman Mr. Ernest Kasoke said that following a public outcry, an operation that involved the sub-county executive and police was mounted on Tuesday in search for the missing materials from the site.
“The people around the health center have been complaining about the stealing of materials by the builders and selling them elsewhere. We thought this was going to affect the quality of work at the health center, so we swung into action today (Tuesday)”. Said Mr. Kasoke.
The site engineer and foreman for the Wood Fix Construction company that constructs the Shs 290m theater and the store keeper have been arrested as a result of the operation.
Mr. Benon Kibona the site engineer and Mr. Ali Nicholas the store keeper were found to have stolen six bags of cement and one roll of a wire mesh and sold them at the nearby Mithibiri trading center.
They are being detained at Muhokya police post waiting to be taken to court for charges against them.
Efforts to reach the Officer in charge of Muhokya police post were futile as he could not be reached on phone.
Mr. Kasoke commended the residents of Nyamirami for being vigilant and volunteering information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
A reward of Shs. 100000 has been declared by the sub-county leadership to whoever will lead to the arrest of other suspects and recovery of stolen construction materials.
" I thank the community of Nyamirami for the vigilance leading to the capturing of the key suspects. in some areas people have looked on as government projects are being sabotaged by the implementers. we have announced a one hundred thousand shillings reward to whoever leads to the recovery of other materials". Mr. Kasoke said.
Nyamirami health center II has been at the top of a controversy between the residents of the lowland Muhokya Trading center and Kahendero landing site and the Kasese district leadership over the allocation of a theater instead of putting it at the Muhokya health
The residents of Muhokya complained that they were being marginalized by the district leadership as the theater is taken to a lower ranged health center instead of Muhokya which lies on the highway that is prone of accidents and other emergencies.
But the district chairman for Social Services Committee Mr. Richard Bomera last year clarified that the theater was allocated to Nyamirami health center II to ease the suffering faced by the residents of the hilly Mahango sub-county, some parts of Kyalhumba, Lake Katwe and Muhokya sub-county.
In return, President Yoweri Museveni while campaigning for the NRM candidate in the august woman parliamentary by-elections in Kasese promised to construct a theater for the people of Muhokya and the lake regions who had claimed services was being extended to opposition dominated Nyamirami.
Construction works are yet to start.