Boy 'steals' church offertory to pay own school fees

A 13-year-old boy was caught attempting to steal offertory from a church in Lobule sub-county, Koboko district. The primary seven pupil in Padombo Primary School, intended to use the money to pay his own school fees. His parents are reportedly improvident.

Despite his good intentions, the boy was given 10 strokes of the cane as punishment. However, the community also went ahead and forced his father forced to pay the boy's school fees. According to Gertrude Maneno, a resident of Lobule, the community says the boy’s father has on several times been accused of not fending for his family.

“The boy opened the safe where the offertory is kept, but church leaders caught him before he could take any money,” says Maneno. Residents asked the boy’s father to pay sh94,000 that was in the safe, despite no money being stolen.

- June 10, 2014
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