At the wake of rampant mobile money attacks, police have advised operators to hire private security guards.
Armed thugs have in the last three weeks shot, killed over seven mobile money and hardware operators in Kampala and its outskirts.
The Police has advised operators of mobile money to hire private security guards.
The development comes in the wake of rampant mobile money attacks. Armed thugs have in the last three weeks shot, killed
over seven mobile money and hardware operators in Kampala and its outskirts.
Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police
spokesperson has said mobile money operators can protect their lucrative
business by hiring security guards. These, according to Onyango would protect
them from being attacked by armed thugs especially at the time of transferring
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Robbers moving on three motorcycles have terrorized mobile
money operators in areas of Natete Church zone in Lubaga-Kampala, Nansana
Municipality, Bunamwaya and Zzana in Makindye Ssabagabo Municipality, all in
The latest incident happened on Monday night where over
five robbers, armed with guns and dressed in army like attires showered Harriet
Naluwadde and her worker Muareen Nakabubi with bullets killing them instantly.
This came a week after three workers of Cheap General
Hardware were killed in broad day robbery where masked thugs robbed over
Shs385m. Robbers blocked Hoima highway for more than 30 minutes but police that
is in a few metres from the scene did not intervene.
Onyango further advises that mobile money operators
should install private Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for individual security
and also avoid hosting idlers near their businesses.
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Police also adds that mobile money agents should also
avoid having specific time of banking. He advises them to at keep varying
the time they do their banking.
However, a mobile money operator Rhoda Kaolanzi cast
doubt in police advice saying an operator whose capital is Shs1m cannot afford
security guards and CCTV cameras.
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.