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Panic as Unknown People Send Bombs, Bullets To Steel Factory As Scrap

Police in Jinja District are investigating circumstances under which bombs and ammunition ended up at a factory in Walukuba/Masese Division, Jinja Municipality.

The bombs, several sacks of bullet shells and about five rounds of live ammunition were recovered during an operation at Steel Rolling Mills on Wednesday.

Kiira region police spokesperson Diana Nandaula in an interview said the factory managers said the war materials were supplied to the factory as scrap.

Ms Nandaula said several employees at the factory were arrested to help police in the investigation.

The RDC, Mr Eric Sakwa, linked the live ammunition to the latest spate of criminality in the district.

He said a gang known as “BoysBoys” has been known to be active in those areas and have been accredited with rape, murder, vandalism as well as drug abuse. There is high unemployment among the youth in the district which seems to have fueled drug abuse in the area leading to an increase in the level of crime in the district.

In May, police rounded up 120 people from Bugembe Town council, Kazimingi industrial area, Kirinya road and Jinja Town, following complaints increased theft and insecurity in the area.

According to Kiira region Police Commander Vincent Irama says many women had complained about theft through the snatching of phones and bags by youth suspected to be abusing narcotics drugs.

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