The theft of 19 computers from Hornby High School Junior in Kabale district has led to the detention of three staff members. The suspects are Nicholas Muhwezi, a computer teacher; Phillip Tushabomwe, a night watchman; and Michael Mbabazi, a casual staff member. 

Geoffrey Ainebyoona, the school head teacher, reported that the computers, worth 259 million Shillings, were stolen from the school’s computer laboratory in the early hours of July 6, 2024, around 3:00 AM. Mbabazi stated that the computers had been donated by MTN Telecom and Sense International Uganda to assist in improving education, particularly for blind students.

He recounted that Tushabomwe alerted him to the theft, claiming unknown thieves had entered the school and stolen the computers. However, Mbabazi was not convinced by Tushabomwe’s explanation and alerted the police.  

Elly Maate, the Kigezi region police spokesperson, confirmed that the trio is being detained at Kabale Central Police Station as investigations continue. Preliminary investigations suggest that the thieves were assisted by some school staff, particularly the computer teacher, who allegedly left one of the windows open. 

The thieves then broke the windows and burglar proofs, gained entry into the laboratory, and stole the computers. Maate also mentioned that, with the help of a police sniffer dog, only eight monitors were recovered, and dumped near the road. The case is registered at Kabale Police Station under file number CRB 520/2024.

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