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Youth Gangs Arouse Panic among Residents in Mbale City

Reports indicate that the gangs, made up of boys and girls aged between 17 and 25 have taken over villages in the annexed sub-counties of Bungokho, Mutoto and Bumboi. They are mainly operating in the villages of Magahala, Naloka, Bumboi, Abujimesu, Kidoo, Namattsele, Kidula, Nabisolo and Bumadi.
Zaidi Woniaye one of the victims of the gangs

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Residents of Mbale are living in panic following the resurfacing of gangs in villages across the newly elevated city.

Reports indicate that the gangs, made up of boys and girls aged between 17 and 25 have taken over villages in the annexed sub-counties of Bungokho, Mutoto and Bumboi. They are mainly operating in the villages of Magahala, Naloka, Bumboi, Abujimesu, Kidoo, Namattsele, Kidula, Nabisolo and Bumadi.

According to residents, the groups that are armed with machetes and iron bars waylay unsuspecting victims and rob them of their valuables especially in the evening. It is said that the gangsters have coded their identities, using military ranks.

The LCII Chairperson of Bumboi Parish, Sirajji Kagode says that the two groups of gangs in the areas of Bumboi and Namalogo parishes, have raped women,  beaten and hacked bodaboda riders and grabbed valuables from scores of residents. Kagode reiterates demand for a police post in the area.

lumasaba//cue in; “Ki cose che…

Cue out…neye Hashim.”//

Mutwalib Woniaye, the defence secretary of Nalokha village in Bumboi Parish said that the gangs have lately disguised as a procession of Bugishu cultural dancers and when unsuspecting people follow them, they fall prey to their antics.

He says on October 10 2020, he witnessed the Gang boys in a cultural dance/Kadodi crowd descending on a bodaboda rider to take his motorcycle. Rajab Mudembe, a bodaboda rider and a resident of Magakhala Village narrates how he lost his motorcycle to a group that disguised as Kadodi dancers.

lumasaba//Cue in; "Na nga ndula mu town...

Cue out….”//

Another victim Jalia Namusiro, a charcoal vendor in Nalokha trading centre was beaten up by a group that attacked her business premises at around 8 p.m.

lumasaba//Cue in; “Nashebulila…

Cue out…bujanjabi.”//

Rodgers Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson said Police was not aware of the gangs and all the incidents that the residents and leaders allege. He said that if the residents need police in the area, then there are procedures to be followed.

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