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Tororo Residents Complain Over Increased Theft, Insecurity

Nicholas Odoi, the Osia sub county LCIII chairperson says within this week alone, over 10 homes have been broken into and thugs run away with goats and fowls among other things.

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Residents of Osia Sub County in West Budama South constituency in Tororo district have complained about the increasing levels of insecurity in their area.    

According to them, there are now so many thieves that every morning they wake up with news that an attack has happened in one of the homes in the sub county.

Nicholas Odoi, the Osia sub county LCIII chairperson says within this week alone, over 10 homes have been broken into and thugs run away with goats and fowls among other things.    

He said a few days ago, the home of the parish priest of Katerema church of Uganda was broken into and the thieves took off with 4 goats and chicken. He attributed the acts to the lazy youths who take most of their time smoking marijuana and gambling in trading centers.      

Last month, the Osia sub county headquarters were broken into a few days after the government announced the dispatchment of EMYOOGA funds to districts and constituencies with a thought that the money had been channeled to the sub county.    

Odoi says they have tried to involve police which labored to arrest a few suspects but this has not stopped the vice of theft in the area adding that he is now fronting for parish meetings so that the locals can identify some of the suspected thieves.

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Julius Otaparach, the Osia parish councilor says the rampant theft in the area has reduced people's morale to work. To restore hope amongst the residents, he suggested a police post be brought in the area for security.    

Wilberforce Owori, a resident of Osia zone says he has been living in this area for decades but they have never registered high volume of theft like what is happening now.

Tororo Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Yahaya Were confirmed that residents of Osia sub county have gone to his office several times seeking for help towards the high levels of theft in the area. Were said he has gone ahead to order the Tororo district police commander to intensify patrols in the area.