Kwale police have recovered 33 tablets and 9 laptops which were stolen a month ago from Mwena Primary School in Lunga Lunga.
Police also arrested four suspects linked to the theft of the devices donated to the institution under the government Digital Literacy Program (DLP).
The devices were part of 100 units stolen after thugs broke into the school at night barely two weeks after they were delivered to the institution.
The tablets were recovered in different areas of Kwale and Mombasa Counties, according to LungaLunga OCPD Charles Omolo.
Mr. Omolo said that the four suspects who are in custody are helping police with investigations into the theft.
Some 37 tablets were recovered in Likoni and nine Laptops at Kibarani in Mombasa County while tablets packs were recovered at Kwale’s Mwena village hidden in a house.
We have over 50 more tablets which are yet to be recovered but we are optimistic that we will get them following the arrest of some of the suspects, said Mr. Omolo.
He said that the suspects tried to remove the government marks inscribed on the tablets in vain.
The police boss said that they managed to recover the devices following a tip off by members of the public.
The recovery and the arrest of the suspects is a major breakthrough in stemming theft of the devices which had raised public concern over the safety of the devices in schools.
Security officials in the area have advised school administrators to properly secure the devices to avert similar incidents in future.
A total of 334 schools in the region have so far received the devices with about 30 more waiting to get their share.
The DLP is part of the Jubilee government’s manifesto delivery and is being implemented in primary schools countrywide after it was unveiled in November last year.
Source: Kenya News Agency