Burglars Raid 15 Homes in Luweero Town Council

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Ligwa says the thugs stole produce, livestock, household items and motorcycles amongst others.

Unidentified thugs have raided fifteen homes in Kikubajinja zone in Luweero town council and made away with property worth millions of shillings. The raid occurred on Friday night. It comes a week after Godfrey Ninsima, the Luweero District Police Commander disarmed veterans who have been helping police to maintain law and order. Fred Ligwa, the LC 1 chairperson of Kikubajinja village explains that the thugs raided the village between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM and ransacked stores and resident’s homes.
Ligwa says the thugs stole produce, livestock, household items and motorcycles amongst others. He identifies some of the affected residents as Prossy Nabulya, Seforoza Kiwaggu, Ruth Kyewalyanga, Henry Lubwama, Patrick Lubwama, Ronald Ssemuyaba, George William Lubega, Robinah Namagga among others. Ligwa blames the attack on the decision to disarm veterans who have been helping police in conducting night patrols in the villages in collaboration with local council authorities. Prossy Nabulya, one of the residents says that the thugs gained entry to her shop through a hole they dug in the wall. She explains that the thugs made away with maize, beans and merchandise worth 500,000 shillings.  

Nabulya who had just opened the business says the theft has put her future in balance. Seforoza Kiwaggu, another resident says that the thugs made away with several bags of maize, beans and coffee which was planning to sell to raise fees for her children. Kiwaggu says that the thugs also stole the seeds she had spared for planting in the forthcoming season. Ronald Ssemuyaba another resident says that, since police disarmed army veterans they lost moral of carrying out night patrols because the thugs are armed with machetes. Ssemuyaba asks Godfrey Ninsima, the Luweero District Police Commander to rescind his decision to disarm the veterans saying police lacks the necessary manpower to protect the residents.

Charles Ssebyala, the Luweero Town Council LC 3 chairperson says that the raid on the resident’s home on Friday is the biggest in last four years. He wonders why police decided to disarm the veterans yet they have not registered any complaints against him. Ssebyala asks police to rearm the veterans or else residents will take the law into their hands in self defense. Godfrey Ninsima, the Luweero District Police Commander says that the decision to disarm the veterans was reached by the top management of the force. He says that some of the veterans had started getting involved in the misuse of the weapons, which left police without any option to disarm them. Ninsima says that they have launched investigations into the cases of burglary and has promised to beef up security.



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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.