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Day July 30, 2010

How to Stop Thieves terrorising people in Uganda

Dear Ugandans,

The thieves are terrorising people in and on the outskirts of Kampala but If any of you is going to wait for the police to help you over these thieves, you have a big jock on your hands. In early 2000s, we had such a situation in Nansana. Some of us took it upon ourselves to contact the District Internal Security office, and the then Wembly Unit. We wrote to the District Security offices and only copied our correspondences to the Nansana Police Post- reason being, they just cannot do this for you.

You need to organise yourselves. Most of these thugs are sons born in Nansana, the police find it difficult to get some of them and punish them because they are protected- mwaana wagundi!.

If you asked around Nansana, especially around the St. Joseph Primary and Secondary schools Nansana, all that area below the church, the stretch below the Nansana Town Council premises up to Masitoowa, people know about the mobilisation we did then. Some of the people who participated in this Mobilisation are still there in Nansana and they are willing to cooperate. Just get up and protect yourselves.

Let me put this right. By taking full responsibility for fighting against the thugs in Nansana then, we never set them on fire or launch them; we contacted, pressurised and thus compelled the Wakiso District Security officers as well as Wembeley guys to reign on these fellows. They would do rounds during both evening and night.

We made the police aware that we were tired of their unending promises. Incidentally the police seem to have been collaborating with the thieves because they seem to have been warning the thieves about which side of Nansana they were to patrol at what time!

But when all avenues fail, then people will have no alternative but to go it their own way.

Frank Mutagubya

UAH forumist

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