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Two Suspected Thieves Lynched In Kitgum Municipality

An eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity says the suspects grabbed a handbag containing 10 million shillings from a woman who had just made a transaction from Centenary Bank Kitgum Branch.


An angry mob in Kitgum municipality on Saturday afternoon lynched two suspected thieves.

The suspects were lynched between Kitgum main post office and the Kitgum roundabout along Kitgum-Gulu highway in Pandwong Division at around 1pm.

An eye witness who spoke on condition of anonymity says the suspects grabbed a  handbag reportedly containing 10 million shillings from a woman who had just made a transaction in Centenary Bank Kitgum Branch.

He says the suspects tried to flee from the scene on a boda boda motorcycle but an alarm made by the woman attracted people who intercepted them about 100 meters away.

According to the eye witness, the suspects were later stoned to death and their bodies set ablaze adding that one of their accomplices fled away on a motorcycle.

The stolen money was reportedly recovered from the suspects.

Moses Bwire, the Kitgum District Police Commander confirmed the incident but didn’t divulge details saying they were still conducting investigations.

He however warned the public against taking the law into their hands saying mob justice is criminal and the perpetrators’ will be prosecuted once arrested.

Bwire also cautioned residents to be extra vigilant while making big transactions this festive season to avoid falling prey to thugs.

The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech on Friday told URN in an interview that they have increased deployment in the district to combat insecurity this festive season.

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