Exactly after a month after the raid on his mobile money shop, Kalungi says that he is dissatisfied with the police’s fruitless hunt for his attackers. Kalungi also notes that some investigating officers told him to facilitate the investigations for his desired fruits.
Armed robbery victims in Luwero district have
decried the slow progress of investigations by the area police. At least cases
of armed robberies were registered in the district within a space of one month.
The first case occurred on the night of July
12, 2021 around 8.00pm when two gunmen raided Kiwanula Trading Center in Kamira
Sub-County. The thugs descended on a mobile money shop belonging to David Kalungi,
the Kamira Sub-County LC V councilor.
Kalungi told URN that the thugs placed
him at gunpoint as they ordered him to surrender all the cash as well as the
phone with the float balance. According to Kalungi, they robbed him of Shillings
5.5million in cash, 33 mobile phones and other accessories worth millions of
Shillings before they sped off on their motorcycle.
Five days later on July 17, the thugs struck
again. This time they raided Kasiiso Trading Centre in the neighbouring
Butuntumula Sub-County where they robbed another mobile money agent. According to police, the robbers armed with a
Sub Machine Gun (SMG) and pistol attacked Patrick Ssemwasi around 7:45 pm while
he was planning to close his shop because of the curfew restrictions.
Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Region Police Spokesperson told URN then that the thugs put Ssemwasi at gunpoint and ordered
him to send all his float balance to their number worth Shillings 2million and robbed
36 mobile phones.
He said just like in the first incident, the
thugs fired live bullets in the air to scare possible rescuers as they jumped
onto their waiting motorcycle and sped off. In the third incident, a fortnight ago, the thugs struck in the night of August 2 and stole three cows
The unidentified attackers believed to have
been more than four in number raided a farm belonging to Timothy Mugabi at
Kabunyata village in Kamira Sub-County around 1am. The attackers, who said to have
travelled in a FUSO truck, first parked a short distance before they stormed
the farmhouse wielding firearms.
They ordered the occupants to open for them in
vain. As a result, the thugs used a big stone to smash a window on the
farmhouse where five labourers were sleeping. With their guns pointed at
the farmworkers, the attackers ordered the occupants including an expectant
woman to lie down facing on the floor.
They started battering them before tying them
with ropes to avoid further resistance. They took away four mobile phones and
Shillings 500,000 from their victims. They slopped to the farm, chased all the
37 cows on the farm and led them to their truck.
John Kavuma, the farm manager, who stays a
distance away, said that he rushed after learning about the development. He
explained that the pregnant woman managed to untie herself and helped untie her
colleagues. They then raised alarms for rescue. Residents responded to the
alarm prompting the thugs who had only managed to load three animals to flee
for their dear lives.
Now, exactly after a month after the raid on his
mobile money shop, Kalungi says that he is dissatisfied with the police’s fruitless
hunt for his attackers. Kalungi also notes that some investigating officers
told him to facilitate the investigations for his desired fruits. URN could not
independently verify the claims.
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Timothy Mugabi, whose farm was attacked by the
thugs, says that he lost hope of recovering the three animals taken by the
thugs. He says that police’s failure to apprehend the criminals exposes them to
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When asked to comment about the concerns of the
robbery victims, Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah region police spokesperson
replied in a text message that “We shall explain everything at the end of our
According to the Police Crime report for 2020,
six people were killed and a similar number injured in robberies from 2020 to
the end of January 2021 in Greater Luwero.
The criminal gangs committed 20 crimes, robbed
Shillings 23million, 243 mobile phones, 1 motorcycle, and pistol. The gang
terrorized people in Bombo, Kikyusa, Migeera & Wobulenzi town councils in
Luwero and Nakasongola districts.