Some street kids spit saliva at people, vandalize cars and often beat up pedestrians who refuse to give them money and also litter the streets.
The influx of homeless street kids in Lira City is raising concern
Some street kids spit saliva at people, vandalize cars and often beat
up pedestrians who refuse to give them money and also litter the streets.
People including children living on the streets in Lira City have
resorted to robbing residents and road users for survival.
The most dangerous areas include Obote Avenue stretching through
to the Mayor’s garden, Olwol road and Te-kulo Ojwina in West Division.
Furious with the actions of the street kids, some residents are
accusing the authorities of not doing much to get rid of the kids who have
turned out to be a menace.
Morrison Ogwang, a mechanic along Obote Avenue says that he was
attacked on his way home two weeks ago by a group of street children. Ogwang says
that he was beaten and his phone and money were taken.
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Emmanuel Okello, a teacher narrates how the street kids intercepted him at the Main Street in
front of Lira Main Market just near the main market at 8 pm.
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Tom Richard Okullo, a resident of Adyel in Lira City West Division
blames parents for neglecting their children thus forcing them to the streets.
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Ronald Ocoroloti, a parent says that all street kids should be
removed from the town because they have become a public nuisance demanding money
that they have not worked for.
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Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson advised
parents not to neglect their children, but engage them in domestic work and farming activities.
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The number of people living on the streets of Lira City is
estimated to be over 200.