MBARARA – A family of nine in Karugangama cell Katete ward Nyamitanga division Mbarara Municipality survived the wrath of an angry mob after they were accused of stealing a duck.
The mob pulled down their house after it was established that they had eaten the duck.
Earlier on Sunday, September 23, the chairperson LC1 Karugangama cell Mr. Jafari Mpiima conducted his first general meeting and requested the residents to cooperate with their respective leaders managing already established neighbourhood watch committees to know each other for effective identification of strangers and suspected criminals.
Mpiima appealed to the neighbourhood watch committees to register all people in every household and the economic activities each adult is engaged in to help identify suspected criminals.
During the meeting it was reported that several cases of petty theft had been reported and that the suspected thieves use routes of neighbouring cells like Rwemirinzi and Bihunya cells in Katete ward, Nyamitanga, Rubeho cell in Kabaare parish Masha Sub-county Isingiro district, then Nyakaizi cell Kakoba ward Kakoba division who take advantage of the reduced water levels of river Rwizi to cross through shortcuts.
The residents suspected Mr Emmanuel Mwonge and his family to be behind the many theft incidents and when the meeting ended they went to his home and started pulling the house down.
The residents told Mpiima that they are tired of Mwonge’s criminal behaviour and they recommended that he, his wife and seven children leave the village immediately. But Mr. Mpiima appealed to the locals to be calm and put their grievances in writing and that the matter would be forwarded to police for investigations.
The Chairperson Women Council I Karugangama cell Ms Hawa Mugisha, appealed to women to always introduce themselves in community meetings to avoid missing out on government programs that target women.