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Michael Odongo, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, says two people are nursing injuries sustained during attacks on the savings group treasurers.
Michael Odongo, East Kyoga region police spokesperson

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There is new wave of armed thugs targeting savings groups in Teso sub region. Police have so far recorded two cases where unknown thugs attacked treasurers of Savings groups in Ngora and Katakwi districts.

A number of people in the villages usually organize themselves to form savings groups to save money for Christmas. 

The groups are dissolved when members share their savings. Many groups have treasurers who are residents in their respective villages and keep the member’s deposits in cash boxes.

  

Michael Odongo, the East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesman, says two people are nursing injuries sustained during attacks on the savings group treasurers. 

They include James Ajakun, a resident of Okoboi Village in Toroma Sub County in Katakwi district whose hand was broken by armed thieves on Saturday and Moses Esebu, whose son, James Eritu was also injured as he tried to intervene against the attack in Mukura Sub County, Ngora district.  

In Katakwi, the robbers managed to flee with Shillings 2.2 million after firing live bullets to scare the villagers while the Ngora attack was foiled by vigilant residents who came to the rescue of their treasurer. 

Although none of the robbers has been arrested, Odongo says they have managed to recover six illegal guns since the year started.

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Meanwhile, cattle thefts are on the rise in Kaberamaido district as the Christmas season sets in. 

Albert Ejoku, the District LC V Chairman, says the thieves use motorbikes and other means to transport especially goats, sheep and pigs from the villages.

 

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Odongo observes that much as cases of cattle thefts have been reported in other districts, the situation isn’t more alarming compared to the previous years.