Mbarara Municipal Council has failed to implement a resolution to clear all streets of street children due to lack of a remand home.
Mbarara municipality Mayor Wilson Tumwine has instead resorted to driving around with sticks in his car to cane any street children he finds vandalising council property.
The executive committee of council last year recommended that all street children below 18 years be sent to remand homes while the adults be arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.
In the resolution the council law enforcement were supposed to round up all the street children in town and transport them to Kabarole district where there is a remand home.
But Mbarara Mayor Wilson Tumwine says the council has failed to clear the town of all street children because they lack a holding facility.
Tumwine says the municipality has no plans of setting up a remand home in the near future due to the technicalities involved.
The mayor says the only option is to empower the residents to start pouncing on any street kid found vandalizing and stealing people’s properties in and outside Mbarara town.
Tumwine blames the street children for vandalising council dustbins for scrap to sell. He urges all Mbarara councillors and residents to intercept any children seen vending this scrap and punish them.
Mary Asiimwe, a business lady, says the number of aggressive street children is frightening. She claims to have twice lost money to former street kids who snatched from her a bag with seven million shillings in total.
Councillor Jesca Byaruhanga representing Nyamityobora Kakoba division says street children who have clocked 18 years have been waylaying women and girls in dark corridors of the town and raping them.
Mrs. Byaruhanga claims High Street, Surveyors Cell, Kizungu and Kisenyi are the deadliest spots where these former street children rape women and girls.
She blames the executive of Mbarara municipal council for failing to implement a resolution of rounding up all the street children and have them tried in courts of law because they are criminals.
Police has on several occasions attempted to round children off the streets of Mbarara but they return immediately after being released.
It is not clear of how many street children are in Mbarara town but police records put the number at over 100.