Erick Kamugo, a driver and eye witness to the shooting claims that the security guard was guarding a vehicle in front of Mpologama and saw street kids tampering with it and asked them to leave in vain.
Street children have rampaged in Mbale
city protesting the killing of one of their own by a private security guard. The
street children rose up in arms on Tuesday morning accusing a guard from Security
2000 for killing their colleague on Monday night.
The rowdy street children broke into
shops along Pallisa road in Mbale town. Some of the residents, who witnessed
the shooting, said the guard opened fire after the unnamed street child tried to
break into one of the shops on Mpologoma building along Pallisa road.
Erick Kamugo, a driver and eye witness to the shooting claims that the security
guard was guarding a vehicle in front of Mpologama and saw street kids tampering
with it and asked them to leave in vain.
He says one of the kids pelted the guard
with stones prompting him to shoot back killing the street child instantly.
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Fahad Lukwago, an eye witness says that after the shooting the Street boys
picked up the deceased’s body and laid it on the doorsteps of the shops on the
They later started throwing stones and destroyed property in protest
of their colleague’s death.
//Cue in: “Omwana mweyini…
Cue out:….aba kumawo bona”//
Isaac Sebi, a resident of Mbale town blames the mess on the laxity of security
to address the menace of street kids. He says the number of Street children in
the town has become a security threat to people operating in the town.
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Cue out:….mukibuga tebalimu”//
Saalim Kasuse, a butcher on Mpologoma building, says he found the streets kids
vandalising shops when he arrived around 6:00 AM on Tuesday morning.
//Cue in: “Nga bagamba…
Cue out:….ma mutilawo”//
However, some sources told URN that the
security opened fire after he asked the children who have sleeping on the
verandah of Mpologoma building to leave in vain. The Elgon Region Police
Spokesperson, Rogers Taitika couldn’t be reached for comment.
However, one of
the Police Officers who was on the operation to calm down the situation told
URN that they have arrested 4 street children and the guard in connection to
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.