Burglars steal sensitive data from anti-corruption NGO [Daily Monitor, The (Uganda)]
(Daily Monitor, The (Uganda) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Kampala- Burglars have broken into the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) offices and robbed the NGO of vital data on corruption cases.
The Thursday night burglary left the NGO's offices on Kira Road virtually turned upside down, with more than 20 computers, sensitive data documents and server stolen.
By Friday evening, police were still recording statements and seeking clues about the incident.
"We arrived quite early for work as usual only to find our offices had been broken into. The door locks were all destroyed, drawers, files and documents turned upside down. The guard was not sober; it seems he had been chloroformed," Mr Felix Kafuma, the NGO's Information Officer, said. He added: "Obviously it is more than robbery; everything looks planned, we cannot even rule out an inside job. This comes at a time when ACCU is venturing into the dreaded area of unearthing theft of public funds. We have blown the whistle on scandals in influential offices."
This week, the organisation addressed a press conference on what it termed as "blatant inaction by the Judiciary on corruption at the Law Development Centre court."
FeudsIt has also had a long-standing battle with a local company over alleged inflation of costs of HIV/Aids drugs in which the Auditor General implicates the company of causing the government a loss of more than Shs48 billion.
"Every office has its own locks but these were all broken, the server where we back up the information and hard disk were taken but shockingly, the projector was left intact. You cannot take anything for granted, we strongly feel it was targeted and specific."
"Why would any thief leave a projector which was easier to carry and even more expensive than the computers and server? We are not making conclusions yet, let the police investigate but who would be interested in our nature of work?" Ms Cissy Kagaba, the ACCU executive director, told the Sunday Monitor by phone from Mbale.
Ms Kagaba was defiant and said the burglary will not deter the NGO from its anti-corruption crusade.
"If it was aimed at disorganising us, then they have failed. It actually gives us the zeal to confront the big monster of corruption in Uganda! It is an act of cowardice, we are not intimidated by an inch and we have all information backed up. They have thrown a stone into a hive of bees," Ms Kagaba said.
Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi, the Kampala police spokesperson, said the case was under investigation but no arrests had been made by Friday.
"But the information we have is that the guard was chloroformed and is not yet in position to talk but we hope to draw clues from him when he recovers which will inform the investigation," he said.
Police says Mr Ssenkumbi dismissed suspicions of state-engineered break-in to destroy sensitive information under disguised burglary."I don't think so. Why would government do such a thing? Because of the press conferences they have been addressing about corruption to kill evidence? Even then they simply investigate and share their findings, they don't prosecute. Anyway I don't want to bias the investigations but all these suspicions will be considered," Mr Ssenkumbi said.
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