Thugs riding Motorcycle leave journalist empty-handed in roadside robbery

The victim journalist, Milton Emmy Akwam

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Police at Kitintale in Nakawa Division have started a manhunt for two thugs who are alleged to have been involved in a roadside robbery registered in Mutungo, a Kampala suburb on Wednesday morning.

Information obtained by this publication indicates that on Wednesday, July 25, in the morning, Milton Emmy Akwam, an editor of TND News, was reportedly attacked by two men who were riding a numberless Bajaj motorcycle in Mutungo, Nakawa Division in Kampala.

“At about 6:47 am of the aforementioned day, two unidentified men riding from Biina stage heading towards Radio Maria in Mutungo grabbed a bag containing valuables of Akwam,” a police statement recorded at Kitintale Police Station reads.

The incident happened approximately 10 meters after Radio Maria in Mutungo, Kampala City.

According to the victim (Akwam), inside the bag were his HP laptop, its charger, his Ugandan Passport, Diary and notebooks, and other items. He says he was walking to board a taxi for an event in Katabi, Entebbe.

“I had left for Katabi, for an event I was invited to attend and was starting at 9:30 am,” he said.

The journalist had earlier tweeted; “A few mins past 6:47 am, two men on a no…less bodaboda grabbed my shoulder (laptop) bag, approx 10 mtr after Radio Maria, Mutungo.”

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He confirmed that a case file of theft was opened up at Kitintale Police Station under SD Ref: 11/26/07/2023.

Sadati Maganda, one of the police officers handling the case, says the two men took advantage of the time the Akwam was on the road to plan for their move. The police officer said they were to review the CCTV footage as investigations continue. 

In the past, criminal groups have been targeting pedestrians and motorists during traffic jam hours in the evening after 7 pm and in the morning between 4 am and 6.30 am on the Northern Bypass, Industrial Area and on recently tarmacked roads such as in Kira Municipality, where Police CCTV cameras were not yet installed.

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