“Maybe he is a poor man who needs some help but then if you need help you can talk to some people of good will, they can help apart from stealing because stealing is very bad,” Fr. Andrew Don Okeng of Minakulu parish pleaded.
As thousands of Christians had gathered to pray for the soul of the late Bishop Emeritus Joseph Oyanga, thieves took advantage of the huge crowd to pick pocket and rob Men of God.
One of the victims was Brother Bettini whose wallet was pick pocketed from inside Lira Cathedral during the time the body of the late Bishop Emeritus was being lowered inside his grave.
Another victim of pick pocketing was Fr. Andrew Don Okeng of Minakulu Parish whose vehicle he had parked at the security gazette place, Akii Bua Stadium was opened and some of the valuables including his priestly vestment stolen.
“The security was very tight so I had to park at Akii Bua stadium where police had directed us to park. But as I pulled my vestment for prayers, I left my bag there hoping that I had locked the vehicle door but then when I went back after prayers, the passenger side in front was open and my bag was not there; with some documents like driving permit and road license and some money, about shs.200,000. So it was sad,” Fr. Don Okeng told TND News Uganda Thursday.
The Man of God appealed to whoever stole his items from his vehicle to return it anywhere noting that he has forgiven them [thieves].
“I urge the one who has stolen my bag he can use the money. Maybe he is a poor man who needs some help but then if you need help you can talk to some people of good will, they can help apart from stealing because stealing is very bad. I have forgiven him if he can release my documents to the police or LC1 or somewhere. I’ll be able to access it so let that one have just that heart of returning my document,” Fr. Okeng pleaded.
Fr. Okeng also urged Christians to always ask for what they need instead of stealing which he says is sinful before God.
Police gazetted Akii Bua stadium for vehicles to park as they had blocked Kampala-Gulu road from St Kizito Nursery and Primary school to the junction leading to junior quarters, north of Lira town.
It remains unclear whether Uganda Police Force after directing cars to be parked at Akii Bua Stadium on Thursday monitored the situation and if so how many people could have suffered in the hands of these thieves.