Police Arrests Woman for Confiscating Enumerator's Tablet Over Debt

In Jinja, police are holding Ms. Jennifer Awori, a 29-year-old businesswoman, on allegations of confiscating a tablet from an enumerator participating in the ongoing National Housing and Population Census 2024. Awori, a fish dealer based on Kisima II Island in Jinja City East, reportedly seized the tablet from Annette Kibekityo, a 34-year-old teacher and fish trader who owed her money.

Awori claims that Kibekityo took 200kg of Tilapia and Nile Perch a year ago but had disappeared until resurfacing during the census with the government-issued tablet. Believing the tablet could compel Kibekityo to repay her debt, Awori grabbed it as collateral. Unaware that Kibekityo was performing an important national duty, Awori took the tablet to the area vice chairman, Kategere, who then reported the incident to Walukuba Police Station.

The Walukuba police, recognizing the seriousness of the situation, transferred the case to the Central Police Station in Jinja City. Awori now faces charges of sabotage of government programs and assault, offenses that could lead to significant prison time in Kirinya Prison.

Meanwhile, Kibekityo has obtained a PF3 form from the police to support her case against Awori and is expected to resume her census duties shortly. Kiira Region Police spokesperson, SP James Mubi, declined to comment, referring inquiries to the City Census Officer.

Police emphasize that taking the law into one's own hands is not permissible, as two wrongs do not make a right.

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