Suspected thief killed stealing from Lubaga Cathedral

Gone are the days when a Church was believed to be a place that could least attract a mere rodent like a mouse since there was nothing for it to steal.

At Lubaga Cathedral last evening, a security guard shot dead a suspected thug while stealing offertories from the church that is the seat of Kampala Archdiocese.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, a gang of machete wielding thugs broke into the church deep in the night and robbed offertories before a private security guard gunned down one of the suspected thugs identified as William Otuke.

The guard who is attached to Securex, a private security firm heard the break-in and responded by releasing bullets that killed Otuke.

The guard has since recorded a statement about the incident at Old Kampala police station detailing what transpired before and after he discharged bullets at the thugs.  The deceased’s body is lying at the City mortuary.

The raid on Lubaga Cathedral comes a month after unidentified thugs raided St Augustine Chapel at Makerere University and made off with offertories.

The Chaplain, Fr. Josephat Ddungu released CCTV footage showing the thug breaking into the chapel on the night of August 12 around midnight and making off with an unspecified sum of money.

Other items that were stolen from the chapel included laptop, extension cables, boxes where the offertory for Mother Mary and Radio Maria were being kept. He asked members of the public to help identify the thief.

“So we’re able to see him on CCTV camera footage and that is the video clip that we’re circulating right now because he looks familiar from the way he went around he seems to have knowledge of where we keep our stuff,” Ddungu said.

Though the same footage was shared with police, police have never come out to confirm whether the suspect was arrested. Ddungu said the Chapel administration could hardly tell how much money was in the stolen offertory boxes.