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Robbers target chuches

09 February 2015, 20:53 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Thugs in Uganda have started robbing churches at a rate that has puzzled believers and security organs.

According to police, over 15 churches were broken into and robbed last year. The robbers reportedly use the cover of the night to force their way into churches.

Police identified some of the robbed churches as St Peters cathedral Buhaga, Kasese Catholic Church, Tororo Chuch, St Jude Catholic Church Malaba, Masaka cathedral, Matuuga Parish and Christ the King Kampala among other.

''The thugs mostly target public address systems, priests' robes, radio transmission equipment and chairs. They also go for money safes,'' said police officer, Robert Kifamba.

The director of operations in Uganda police, Felix Kawesa has condemned the act and said police are hunting for the robbers.

He said, "It is  terrible. Thugs are now targeting churches because in the past they have not been employing guards.''

He advised church leaders to install CCTV cameras and alarm systems as part of measures to prevent the robberies.

''CCTV cameras will help to stop the vice. This not only helps to identify robbers but also terrorists,'' added Kaweesi.

The director of communications at the Catholic secretariat, Fr Philip Odi said that since some Catholic have been affected by robberies, they have instructed all their church leaders to be alert and also step up surveillance.

Police also suspects that at times such officials connive with robbers .

''We do not rule out church officials involvement in such acts,'' said Kifamba.

Believers are puzzled over the robberies.

''In most cases the robberies take place on Sunday nights when the offertory money is still in the church. We request police to carry out intensive investigations,'' he observed.

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