Two Vendors Survive Lynching for Stealing Student's Fees

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Two vendors at Kinoni Central Market in Lwengo District have survived lynching after angry mob pounced on them accusing them of stealing from a student.

Two vendors at Kinoni Central Market in Lwengo District have survived lynching after angry mob pounced on them accusing them of stealing from a student.
 
Steven Wagwa and Isma Matovu, residents of Nyendo and Kyabakuza respectively in Masaka district, have been saved by police from mob which had started collecting car tires and fuel to set them ablaze. They were being accused of stealing 140,000 shillings from a student.  
 
According to the victim Maureen Nalugemwa, a senior two student of Kinoni Integrated Senior Secondary school; the two men followed her as she did last minute shopping. 
She says her bag was snatched by Wagwa who started running away with it before tossing it to Matovu. The bag contained 140, 000 shillings for her school fees.
 
Nalugemwa says she raised an alarm which attracted passers-by and other vendors who joined in the chase for the two men and apprehended them. They then started beating them.
 
The Officer in Charge Of Kinoni Police Post, David Kalugaba says police intervened after getting a call from concerned vendor that mob was going to set Matovu and Wagwa on fire. He says they rushed to the market dispersing the mob, and arrested Wagwa and his accomplice.
 
He says that the area is commonly terrorized by thieves from neighbouring towns like Kyabakuza, and Nyendo in Masaka District. He says police has increased foot patrols especially in markets to combat rising crime.  
 
Kalugaba says that the duo will be charged with theft when investigations into the matter are completed.