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Father Leo Magombe, the Parish Priest St. Denis Sebugwawo Catholic Church told Uganda Radio Network that there are people he hasn’t identified who break into the church and steal property like the public address system, goats and poultry among other things.
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Unidentified thugs have taken over the prayer park of St. Denis Sebugwawo Catholic Church in Mbale municipality.

 

The church is found in Nyanza cell in Namatala Ward in Industrial Division along Mbale-Jinja highway. 

For over four years, the church which is surrounded by slums has been a breeding ground and hideout for criminals. 

 

They vandalize church property; grab resident’s phones and bags among other things.  

 

Father Leo Magombe, the Parish Priest St. Denis Sebugwawo Catholic Church told Uganda Radio Network that there are people he hasn’t identified who break into the church and steal property like the public address system, goats and poultry among other things.     

    He says the thugs have been using the prayer park as a hideout for planning their criminal activities until recently when the church resolved to construct a perimeter wall.  

 

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  Magambo says they have tried to engage the local leadership of the area to find a solution to the problem in vain. He explains that the thugs are mainly characterized by idle youths who hail from the same place and Namatala slums.      

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Koseya Wafula, the LC I Vice Chairperson Nyaza cell, says the place is very dark in the night. He says that two people have been killed around that the church within a span of two weeks.

 

//Cue in: “Lights ezo bwe banaba…  

Cue out:…bwetolozi mukitundu”//      

Sula Waswaga, a resident of the area, says the area surrounding the church has turned to be very dangerous more especially to people who move early morning and late evening.    

John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson told URN that Police is aware of the criminal threat at the church. 

He however, says the crimes are committed by people living around the church, adding that crime escalate because residents don’t share information with security officers.    

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Cue out:…goes to them”//                    

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