Thugs Raid Moroto Cathedral

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In short
The thugs estimated to be 13 raided St. Phillip Cathedral in Moroto town and took a public address system, computers, speakers, stabilizers and music instruments such as guitars among others. They also drank nine bottles of altar wine that forced one of them to sleep behind the church vestry.

A gang of thugs on Wednesday night raided St. Phillip Cathedral in Moroto town and made off with items whose value is yet to be established.
 
The thugs estimated to be 13 went away with a complete set of a hi-tech public address system, computers, speakers, stabilizers and music instruments such as guitars among others. They also drank nine bottles of altar wine that forced one of them to sleep behind the church vestry till 6.00am.
 
According to John Olinga, a member of the laity who had gone for morning prayers, one of the thugs was found on the vestry floor sleeping. He explains that a helpless watchman woke him up but did not arrest him. He escaped shortly after.
 
John Charles Loumo, a Warden at the Cathedral condemns the act saying it is unfortunate that people no longer fear holy premises. He attributes the burglary to the ongoing construction work within the premises that has attracted several people with different thinking. He adds that crooks broke the padlock before gaining entry into the room. He says the thief left behind even pulled a mat and slept comfortably on the floor. He observes that the raid on the vestry is an indication that the church should strengthen security around the premises. 
 
John Omwony, the in-charge crime desk at Moroto Central Police Station, says the cops already have a lead to unearth the gang. He suspects that this could be the group terrorizing residents in the municipality and its suburbs. He is optimistic that the missing items will be recovered and culprits apprehended.
 
This is not the first time thugs have raided places of worship in Karamoja. At the beginning of this year unknown persons broke into Tokora Pentecostal Church and took away a new public address system. Ends

 

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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.