David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LC 3 Chairperson told URN that they suspect that the thugs used master keys to open the padlocks on the 17 shops. He disclosed traders in Tedi and Okungedi trading centers also suffered a similar fate sometime back and the suspects are yet to be apprehended.
Several traders in
Labongali Trading Centre in Amuru Sub County in Amuru district are counting
losses after unknown thugs broke in their shops in the wee hours of Wednesday
The thugs made off with merchandise and property worth over Shillings
10 million. Christine Lanyero, one of the vendors told URN on Wednesday
evening that she was shocked to find her shop open and several items missing.
The missing items include 100 kilograms of sugar, 32 five liter jerrycans of cooking
oil, 70 packets of 1 liter Golden Star cooking oil, five boxes of blue bar soap,
clothes and unspecified amount of cash. Patrick Oloya, another trader lost over 300,000 Shillings
realized from his sales on Tuesday, which he had kept in the drawer.
says several other merchandise including 100 kilograms of maize flour, sugar
and assortment of drinks were stolen. Joseph Tukupe, the Labongogali LC I Chairperson, 17 shops
were broken into the by the thugs. He explains that police and the Sub County
authorities were informed about the robbery but it was it too late by the time
David Ocira, the Amuru Sub County LC 3 Chairperson told URN
that they suspect that the thugs used master keys to open the padlocks on the
17 shops. He disclosed traders in Tedi and Okungedi trading centers also
suffered a similar fate sometime back and the suspects are yet to be
Ocira says the matter is
being handled jointly by the Sub County Security Committee Security and police. Although
Labongogali Trading Centre has no security guard,
Ocira wonders how the thugs beat the night time curfew enforced, which runs
from 7:00pm and before 6:00am each day to rob the shops without security
Frederick Mutono, the Office
in-Charge of Criminal Investigations Amuru Central Police Station told URN that
a case of shop break-ins is being investigated under SD: Ref: 17/01/07/2020.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc