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Thugs Invade Banana, Coffee Plantations in Kyotera

At least six farmers lost close to 40-bunches of bananas to thugs between December 23 and December 28, 2017, in Nabigasa and Luwanga villages, according to records at Kabonera Police post. 15 of the stolen bunches were picked from a plantation belonging to Nabigasa village Chairman Remegio Ssenyondo.
Thugs target banana plantations like this isolated one to steal matooke and sale during festive season

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Theft of food and Coffee has rocked the villages of Nabigasa and Luwanga in Kakuuto Sub County and parts of Kalisizo Sub County in Kyotera district.

At least six farmers lost close to 40-bunches of bananas to thugs between December 23 and December 28, 2017, in Nabigasa and Luwanga villages, according to records at Kabonera Police post. 15 of the stolen bunches were picked from a plantation belonging to Nabigasa village Chairman Remegio Ssenyondo. The plantation is located about 2 kilometres from his home in Kabonera.

Ssenyondo says that the thugs swept hos garden clean that he ended up buying food to feed his family during the festive season. She adds that at least 10 people have registered theft of food in Nabisaga village, Kyagalanyi and Lukoma villages over the last one week.

Matia Wangi, another victim lost five bunches of matooke on Christmas Eve. He says he had reserved the bunches in the garden for sale during Christmas and to feed his family.

Meanwhile, several residents have lost coffee worth millions of Shillings to thugs who raided their gardens in Kalisizo and Lwankoni. Three people were also attacked by unknown thugs who stole coffee from stores.

Habib Mugerwa says he lost coffee worth about five million Shillings from his store which was raided on December 27. He suspects the thugs connived with the storekeeper to steal from him.

Lameck Kigozi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the thefts and advised farmers to be more vigilant and report these cases on time saying it becomes hard for police to get culprits long after the incident.

 

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