High Cases of Insecurity Caused by Street Children Worry Mbale City Residents

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The high cases of insecurity in Mbale City committed by street children have caused concern among residents. The street children are accused of among other things rape, burglary and open defecation in different parts of the city.  

 Stephen Mudoma, a resident of Namatala ward in Mbale City Industrial Division, says the street kids target children and women on major streets like Bishop Wasike, Naboa and Republic Street during rush and night hours and snatch their bags and phones.

He says the number of street kids increase by each day since Child Restoration Outreach- CRO, the non-governmental organization, which used to provide for them closed shop.

Suzan Namuwenge, a resident of Nkoma ward in Northern city division, says that during the lockdown, all street children were dumped at the rehabilitation center at Namakwekwe primary school to prevent the spread of COVID-19.    

She says that since that time, Mbale city has been calm until recently when the rehabilitation center closed and the children returned to the streets. 

Sarah Kalenda, the Probation Officer of Mbale city, says they are facing a challenge of resettling the street children following the closure of CRO. 

She says that following the phased reopening of schools, they could not continue keeping the street children at Namakwekwe primary school.

Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Region police spokesperson has urged the public especially

women to be security conscious and avoid moving alone in dark corners during nighttime. 

He says they have registered over 11 cases of street kids and men accused of snatching phones and handbags during nighttime.

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