Court in Jinja District in Eastern Uganda has convicted a woman for stealing just one kilogram of sugar.
An LCI Court in Buwenge Town Council sentenced Irene Nabirye, a mother of four to three weeks of community service after she was convicted for stealing a kilogram of Sugar from the shop of a one Moses Lukanda.
While sentencing Nabirye, the LCI Chairman of Wamukolo Zone, Musa Tawana, who also ordered the woman to pay back the sugar said that the sentence was meant to avoid a scenario where she was go to jail and leave her four children unattended to.
Nabirye’s case is just an example of how poverty is hitting hard most Ugandans in rural areas.
Although Uganda has made significant progress in eradicating poverty and achieved the first millennium development goal of halving the number of people in extreme poverty, inequality between the rich and poor at various levels of the society remains a challenge.
The reduction of poverty in urban areas has been especially marked. Notwithstanding these gains, however, the absolute number of poor people has increased due to population growth.
And poverty remains firmly entrenched in rural areas, which are home to 84 per cent of Ugandans.
About 27 per cent of all rural people – some 8 million men, women and children – still live below the national rural poverty line.
Uganda’s poorest people include hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers living in remote areas scattered throughout the country.
Remoteness makes people poor inasmuch as it prevents them from benefiting from Uganda’s steady economic growth and dynamic modernization.