A new wave of armed robbers moving on three motorcycles is puzzling police investigators. In the last three weeks, gun wielding thugs using three motorcycles have attacked several mobile money operators including robbing a hardware shop in Kampala and its outskirts. At least seven people have been killed in these robberies and others left nursing bullet wounds
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga and his deputy Kampala counterpart addressing the media on security
A new wave of armed robbers moving on three
motorcycles is puzzling police investigators.
In the last three weeks, gun
wielding thugs using three motorcycles have attacked several mobile money
operators including robbing a hardware shop in Kampala and its outskirts. At least
seven people have been killed in these robberies and others left nursing bullet
The latest incident happened on Monday night where two
mobile money operators were shot dead in Zzana along Entebbe Road in Wakiso
District. Witnesses said the thugs were moving on motorcycles wearing army like
attires. Victims of the Zzana incident were identified as Harriet Naluwadde, a
survivor of a 2015 mobile money attack. Naluwadde was killed alongside her
worker, Moreen Nakabubi.
The Zzana incident came a week after three Cheap General Hardware workers in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, were killed in a broad day robbery by six thugs using three motorcycles and four AK47 and SMGs.
The thugs blocked Nansana-Hoima highway for over 30minutes, killed three workers
and shot at several nearby onlookers.
Fatalities of the Nansana robbery include; Jimmy Atikuru,
the Assistant Manager of the Hardware shop and Frank Aruho while the third
person who succumbed to bullet wounds on arrival at Mulago hospital was known
as Amin Bugembe.
At least Shs385m was robbed by thugs and to date
police are yet to get traces regarding the operational areas, hideout places or
robbers’ intelligence network that seem to be very organised just like was the
case during the 2014 and 2015 rampant mobile money robberies that cost lives of
over 13 people.
A similar operation style was witnessed three weeks
ago in Natete Church zone where armed robbers also moving on three motorcycles
robbed a couple that had just closed its mobile money shop. Robbers fired
random bullets to scare away nearby residents and in the process two people
were killed including Rafael Walugembe, a Konzi University student.
Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police
spokesperson said robbers’ modus operandi is now something investigators are
trying to study with the view of unearthing the entire criminal gang and alert
the public on possible precautions to take.
However, Onyango insists that individual focus should
be on personal security that involves being cautious on the time you close your
business, mode of moving money and avoiding carrying huge sums of money
especially in late evening hours.
Police say people should not be deceived by installed
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras because their main purpose is helping
in identifying and tracing suspects in criminal activities, but they cannot stop
criminals from attacking.
“CCTV cameras and LDUs are for purposes of ensuring general
security which is security for everybody. In this case, we emphasize personal security.
You talk of cameras, yes they are there in all suburbs. Cameras help us in arresting
suspects. Cameras are not there to stop thugs from attacking you. They are for
investigation purposes,” said Onyango.
Onyango says the public should not rush to blame
police, CCTV cameras and LDUs over the seemingly new wave of armed attacks
because investigations to unearth a criminal racket take some time. He insists that
detectives are now studying the operation style of thugs and will soon have them
“We have intelligence. Just on Tuesday, we arrested thugs
and recovered guns hidden in a house. That shows you we are doing our job. These
attackers are isolated incidents because they don’t happen every day,” added Onyango.
Not only Kampala has registered attacks of mobile
money shops, hardware and retails shop, but other districts like Busia, Mbale,
Masaka and Mbarara. In March, Police
Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, released a list of 28 armed robbery incidents
process, police had arrested 13 suspected robbers and killed five during
operations. In Mbarara district, police tracked and cracked down a criminal
gang operating in Ankole especially in areas of Rwizi and Greater Bushenyi
regions in Nyakaizi cell, Kakoba division.
robbed of Shs380m but police only recovered Shs24. Doreen Namuli was attacked
on March 6 in Busia on her way home and her Shs6m was taken.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.