Police in Uganda have recovered 71 tablet computers stolen from a primary school in Busia, Kenya.
Evans Wanda, 24, was nabbed at an unofficial border crossing while transporting the machines on a motorbike. Ugandan police notified their Kenyan counterparts of the arrest.
Subsequently, the Kenyan police visited Lwakhakha police station in Uganda and picked up the laptops. They were branded with the Government of Kenya and the Digital Literacy Programme logos.
The police have since established that the electronic gadgets were stolen from a primary school in Teso, Busia County. Investigations to identify and arrest Wanda’s accomplices are ongoing.
Wanda reportedly told police that he had bought the tablets from an unnamed person in Bungoma town.
Bungoma DCI boss Joseph Ondoro said the gadgets had been stolen from Moding Primary School in Teso. A report of the theft was made on March 31.
The one-laptop-per-child programme was one of the visions of the Jubilee government when it came to power in 2013. The administration envisaged rolling out 1.2 million digital learning devices.
The project was saddled with controversy, owing to its steep cost. Ksh70 billion was reportedly injected into it – which would’ve been sufficient to construct 28,000 classrooms (enough for 1.1 million children). Later, the government shifted gears from laptops to delivery of tablets, and now to computer labs.