Street Children Among 28 People Arrested in Jinja

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According to the Jinja District Police Commander Tyson Rutambika, the arrests follow various cases of house break-ins. He said that thugs are using street kids to break into peoples houses.

Police in Jinja district have arrested 28 people including street children aged between 12 and 15 years in a bid to curb crime in the town. 

According to the Jinja District Police Commander Tyson Rutambika, the arrests follow various cases of house break-ins. He said that thugs are using street kids to break into people's houses.

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Rutambika says some of the suspects were found in possession with dangerous screwdrivers, metallic bars, opium, and wire mesh used in burglary. 

Many others were found smoking marijuana. Rutambika adds that the station has registered an alarmingly increasing number of burglary related cases.

He said the suspects would be prosecuted in the court, adding that street children would be produced in court and taken to remand homes. Rutambika notes that similar operations are expected in Bugembe town council, Njeru and Mbiko.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).