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Ugandan children turn into robbers

22 January 2015, 18:00 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Uganda are hunting for people who recruit children into robbery gangs.

This comes after several children were arrested in robbery acts and confessed that they were on robbery missions organized by adult core criminals.

The children aged 9 to 15 years are used by robbery gangs to enter into houses after drilling holes on the walls or removing iron sheets from the roofs especially after ensuring that occupants are not around.

Once the child enters the house, he picks valuable items and passes them over to collagues and adult robbers outside.

The most affected parts are the outskirts of Kampala city. In Kawempe division, three children were arrested in the last two days while robbing houses.

Area police commander, Charles Nsaba said that police are aware of children robbers and are trying to solve the problem.

Nsaba said, ''We have information regarding children being used by core robbers to enter into houses and steal property. We have arrested some of them and are now hunting for those who deploy them.''

He said the children arrested so far were caught in the act by owners of the houses who opened the doors of their homes only to find the children inside.

Betty Maginoti was last night shocked when she entered her house to find a 10-year old boy stealing her property. She sounded the alarm and well wishers helped her to arrest the boy.

Maginoti said, ''In our area, it is common to be robbed by children. When I entered my house, the boy's colleagues who were outside the hole they had made on the wall of my house fled.''

Area councilor, Paul Mukwaya said that at night groups of children rob people in their homes.

He said, ''Children as young as 9 years move in groups at night with knives and machetes which they use to rob people. I blame their parents for not taking good care of their children."

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