David Kalungi says that the thugs struck as he was planning to close the shop because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Kalungi, who also doubles the Luwero District Production Secretary, explains that the robbers fired several live bullets in the air to scare residents who run into their houses thinking it was police enforcing the nighttime curfew.
AK 47 Rifle
Gunfire has rocked Kiwanula trading center in
Luweero district following a raid by two armed thugs. The thugs raided a mobile
money shop belonging to David Kalungi, the Kamira Sub
county LC V councillor around 8:00 pm on Sunday night where they took off with
Shillings 5.5million, 33 mobile phones and phone accessories worth millions of
David Kalungi says that the thugs attacked as
he was planning to close the shop because of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Kalungi, who also doubles as the Luwero District Production Secretary, explains
that the robbers fired several live bullets in the air to scare residents who
run into their houses thinking it was police enforcing the nighttime curfew.
He says that the robbers placed him at gunpoint
and ordered him to surrender all the cash as well as the phone with the float
balance. Kalungi says that the robbers stole 33 mobile phones and other
accessories before they jumped on their motorcycle and sped off. According to residents, officers from Mazzi
Police Post, which is about two kilometers away from the scene arrived 40
minutes late citing transport challenges.
Erastus Kibirango, the LC 5
Chairman of Luwero District has condemned the attack and promised to engage the
Resident District Commissioner to find ways of curbing the rising robberies and
theft in the area during curfew time. Kibirango says that there is need to increase
patrols in the area as well as vigilance by residents to fight such cases.
Isah Ssemwogerere, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson, says that investigations
are ongoing, adding that police are already hunting for the robbers. The
raid has triggered panic because of renewed attacks in Luwero.
In January this year, Daniel Kyaterekera, the Kamira
town council LC V councillor narrowly escaped death when a gang of thugs
attacked him and his friend George Sukka in Kanyogoga village. The thugs
fired live bullets, assaulted Kyaterekera and robbed them of Shillings 450,000
and two mobile phones.
Kyaterekera says that the Police informed him about
the arrest of the thugs. He, however, says that the fresh attack on Kalungi indicates that the
area is not yet safe from robberies. According to the Police Crime
report for 2020, six people were killed and six others injured in robberies
from 2020 to the end of January 2021 in Greater Luwero.
The criminal gangs committed 20 crimes, robbed Shillings
23million, 243 mobile phones, 1 motorcycle, and pistol. The gang terrorized
people in, Bombo, Kikyusa, Migeera, Wobulenzi town councils, Luwero and