Sande explains that they had a busy night because dozens of youths gathered in the betting hall on the fateful night to watch UEFA Champions League matches. The matches started at 10:45 and ended at a quarter past 1am. He says the ululations and conversations about the matches varnished shortly after the gamblers and football fans left.
Jackson Sande, a
security guard attached to Tiger Security Group Limited is basking in glory because
of stopping a gun welding thug from robbing Fortebet Sports betting shop in the
Kampala city suburbs of Bwaise in Kawempe Division last week.
The 20-year-old Sande,
who joined Tiger Security Group Limited a month ago, received a cash reward of
Shillings 200,000 from The Uganda Private Security Association–TUPSA for
his heroic act. He spoke to URN on how he managed to stop the armed thugs
despite only being armed with only a baton.
Sande explains that they had a busy night because dozens of
youths gathered in the betting hall on the fateful night to watch UEFA
Champions League matches. The matches
started at 10:45 and ended at a quarter past 1am. He says the ululations
and conversations about the matches varnished shortly after the gamblers and
football fans left.
It was at this moment that the robber who appeared to have
been lying in wait from a nearby dark spot knocked the door. According to Sande, unidentified
robber entered the betting hall around 1:59am holding a jacket. He says they initially thought the robber was
a cleaner or staff who always close the tellers when the day’s matches have
Sande, however, explains that the robber moved close to the
cash tellers and peeped inside. Only one cashier was behind one of the
counters. According to Sande, the suspect moved to the room where games that
would feature on the bet are often pinned.
“For all that time we didn’t suspect he was a robber. We
thought he was a client or one of the people who come to close the teller
counters after betting is done. They normally close the counters at 2am. Even
when he moved into the betting room, it never crossed our mind that he was a
robber,” Sande said.
to Sande, while inside the betting room, the thug
removed something from his jacket and shot in the air. He quickly charged at
Sande and ordered him to kneel down and raise his hands as a sign of surrender
with threats of shooting him dead if he dare resist.
//Cue In: “Omusajja oyo……
Cue out:…..cashier nagana,”/
Although Sande had the opportunity to shoot the robber after
grabbing his gun, he didn’t. The thug scampered for dear life as Sande watched
in disbelief. Sande says he was confused, frightened and wondering how he had
overpowered the thug.
to Sande, he composed himself and called the policemen
guarding Kawempe Division offices who led him to Kawempe police station where
he recorded a statement. The recovered firearm is a registered police gun registration
number UG Pol 565902694-32493.
It had 28 rounds of ammunition. Dan Meshack Okware, the Operations Director Tiger Security
Group, describes Sande as a brave and determined person who risked his life to
ensure the lives of others.
//Cue in “Sande here, because of the determination…
Cue out:…and a 30 percent pay rise”//
Okware said Sande’s token of 200,000 shillings
and promotion to the rank of a Corporal are intended to encourage his
colleagues that once one does good, he or she gets appreciated.
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.