Mbarara Struggles to Get Rid of Street Kids

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Kenneth Byarugaba, a resident of Kamukuzi in Kamukuzi division, says some of the streets kids move armed with sticks and knives, which exposes residents to danger.

 Mbarara Municipality is struggling to get rid of street kids. Currently, street kids stage in dark corners, near compost heaps and garbage skips as well other busy places in the town. Some of the streets are linked to criminal activities in the town.
  
The Mayor, Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, says although the presence of the street kids is a matter of concern to the authorities, they don't have an immediate solution due to lack of funds.

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Mbarara lacks a rehabilitation home for street kids, which makes it difficult to resettle some of the children pulled off the streets. 

The presence of the street children has raised concern among Mbarara Municipal residents. Sheila Kusiima, a resident of Kishenyi village in Kakooba Division says there is need for the municipal authorities to work towards getting rid of street kids from Mbarara town.
 
According to Kusiima, some of the street kids throw stones at residents when they don't give them money or food. Kenneth Byarugaba, a resident of Kamukuzi in Kamukuzi division, says some of the streets kids move armed with sticks and knives, which exposes residents to danger.

According to Byarugaba, some of the street kids have now grown into street men and women who pose a serious security threat.
 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.