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Entebbe Mayor, Division Chair Clash over Arrested Teenagers

The two leaders are trading counter-accusations against each other for allegedly encouraging petty theft in the area. Kayanja accuses Kabwama Mutebi of buying alcohol for teenagers and youth groups in the quest for votes instead of encouraging them to engage in productive activities.
Mayor Kayanja Vincent speaking before residents in Katabi - Entebbe

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A bitter exchange ensued between Entebbe Municipality Mayor Vincent Kayanja De Paul and Entebbe Division A chairperson Mike Kabwama Mutebi over an increase in cases of crime involving teenagers and youths. 

The two leaders are trading counter-accusations against each other for allegedly encouraging petty theft in the area. Kayanja accuses Kabwama Mutebi of buying alcohol for teenagers and youth groups in the quest for votes instead of encouraging them to engage in productive activities. 

He says that many of the boys in the drinking clubs have turned into thugs. The accusation was made during a meeting this afternoon between area leaders and parents of the 14 teenagers who were arrested over the weekend for engaging in theft of people’s property including phones and laptops.  

The youths, aged between 12 and 17 operated under a gang called swagger attackers and has been involved in house robbery, burglary among other crime-related cases. The Cell leaders earlier decided to punish the gang and shave their hair with razor blades. The teenagers were given 30 lashes each before they were handed over to their parents for rehabilitation.

//Cue in; “Bwana Chairman Mutebi…

Cue out… eyo obenga ogitereeza.”//

However, Mutebi also blamed the Mayor for politicking instead of finding solutions that would help curb crime in Entebbe.

//Cue in; “Of course it is not … 

Cue out… counsel his people.”//

Some of the parents applauded the decision by the municipal leaders and security agencies to punish the teenagers saying it a positive stride towards the transformation of society. 

//Cue in; “Omwana bamukwaate bamusaleko… 

Cue out… omuzadde ayogere n’abaana.”//   

Early this month, the Entebbe Deputy Resident District Commissioner Noor Njuki ordered for the shooting of all people found stealing within the area. The remarks came after more than 32 suspected criminals were arrested and detained by the Aviation Police in Entebbe on charges of theft of valuables from different beaches during festivities.

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