Police in Kagadi has started a hunt for unidentified armed robbers who shot at and critically wounded a mobile money agent in Kyaterekera town council in Kagadi district. The thugs also took off with over sh500, 000, according to police report.
The victim Halfin Bahungera, 25 is a resident of Kabadede Village, in Kyaterekera sub-county, Kagadi district.
The incident occurred at around 8:30 pm on Saturday when the victim was attacked and shot at by two men wielding machetes and a gun as he retired from work.
‘As I returned from my mobile money shop at Kyaterekera trading center at around 8:00 pm I met two men who had masked their faces. They immediately shot me in the leg wounded me severely before they searched my pockets and took over sh500,000 including my mobile phone with some float on it’’, Bahungera said in an exclusive interview before transfer to Kilembe hospital.
Bahungera was further referred to Kilembe Hospital after being admitted shortly to Dr. Isaac Kakibogo’s clinic, a private medical facility in Kagadi town council.
According to Dr. James Gidudu, the Kagadi Hospital orthopedic surgeon the operation involves using an artificial material to fix the fractured leg and will require at least 2m shillings.
Moses Mugume, the chairperson LC1 Kabadede village said the victim is his general secretary adding that it is a setback in his village.
“As one of the enlightened people, my secretary has been the best in mobilising and helping me to publish information in regard to security meetings as well as recording minutes for the onward submission to relevant authorities. I ask police to investigate these wrong elements using guns to terrorise unsuspecting citizens in our district,’’ Mugume said.
He requests security agencies in Kagadi district to put more effort on curfew adding that lawbreakers are using night time to create havoc by robbing people’s property and killing them. He noted that it was not the first time for such an incident to occur in the village.
Judith Akello , the Kagadi district police commander, said police has intensified night patrols and enforced night curfew as a mitigation measure against the exacerbation of criminal acts of murder and theft in the district asking residents to abide by police guidelines on security issues as well as working closely with police to avail relevant information which will lead to the arrest of culprits.
‘’I only appeal to wanainchi and local leaders to be security conscious by observing night curfew guidelines and report any suspicious persons to police to enable proper investigations to take route’’, she said.
Akello further noted that cartridges recovered from the scene of the crime have already been taken for examination and that security has beefed up with investigations into the alleged use of guns to rob mobile money agents of their money at gunpoint to ascertain its source.
John Kanyeregwe, one of the leaders in Kyaterekera town council, said after the incident they contacted the UPDF army in the barracks who employed condone and search strategy in the area but did not yield any positive results.