Police in Kagadi are hunting for yet to be identified armed robbers who shot and critically injured a mobile money agent, Halfin Bahungera, 25, before fleeing with more than Shs500, 000 in Kyaterekera Town Council, Kagadi District.
Mr Bahungera, a resident of Kabadede Village, in Kyaterekera Sub-county, Kagadi District said the incident occurred at around 8pm on Saturday when he 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 centre 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,’’ Mr Bahungera said.
Mr Bahungera was shortly admitted Dr Isaac Kakibogo’s private clinic in Kagadi town before being referred to Kilembe Hospital.
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 Shs2m.
Mr Moses Mugume, the Kabadede Village Chairman, said Mr Bahungera is the village General Secretary.
“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,’’ Mr Mugume said.
He urges 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. The chairman said that it was not the first time for such an incident to happen in the village.
ASP Judith Akello, the Kagadi District Police Commander, said police has intensified night patrols and enforced night curfew as a measure to mitigate the exacerbating criminal acts of murder and theft in the district.
The police officer called upon residents to abide by police guidelines regarding security matters in addition to working with the force to avail relevant information leading to the arrest of the culprits.
“I appeal to the residents and local leaders to be security conscious by observing night curfew guidelines and report any suspicious persons to police to enable proper investigations.”
Ms Akello told our reporter that cartridges recovered from the scene of the crime have already been taken for examination adding that security has beefed up with investigations into the use of guns to rob mobile money agents of their money at gunpoint to ascertain its source.
Mr John Kanyeregwe, one of the leaders in Kyaterekera town council, said after the incident they contacted the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) army detach who employed a cordon and search strategy in the area but did not yield any positive results.