Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a boda boda cyclist in Kabale District.
Rogers Byaruhanga, a resident of Murambi cell, Kitojo parish, Bubaare sub county, Rubanda district was shot dead on Saturday at 10:30pm in Kiyoora cell, Northern division, Kabale Municipality.
According to police, Byaruhanga was in a bar with others when he heard a person outside chanting” Bobi Wine”. As he walked out to see what was happening, he was immediately shot in the head and the chest.
The police spokesperson for Kigezi region, Elly Maate, says that the three gunmen who were on foot were wearing hoodies.
The case has been registered at Kabale Central Police Station under file number SD 94/25/8/2018.
However, Gloria Niwamanya, the deceased's wife says that she was told by an eye witness whom she declined to reveal his identities that Byaruhanga, was shot dead after he walked out of the bar to lock his motorcycle that was parked outside.
Kigezi region has registered an increase in gun related crimes in recent months. On July 14th 2018, , a businessman based in Kabale town Francis Aryarugamu and his wife Zamu Kenkoonzi, both residents of Bataka cell, Mwanjari ward Southern Division, Kabale municipality were shot by unknown thugs.
The two were on their way home in Mwanjari Trading Center shortly after closing their soda depot in Kabale Central Market when they were attacked by two men, riding on a motorcycle. The thugs reportedly grabbed from Kenkoonzi, a black polythene bag containing watermelon and took off thinking it was money.
Last week, another businessman only identified as Milton, the Proprietor of Unique Mini Supermarket in central division, Kabale municipality was also robbed off 40 million shillings on a gunpoint by unknown thugs.
On August 3, 2018, three businessmen including Patrick Bukora, a resident of Migyera cell, Julius Saturday from Nsolo B cell from Western division in Busia Municipality and Sauda Nassolo, a businesswoman from Kiyola cell in Nakasongola district were shot by suspected Congolese gunmen.
The thugs who were dressed in Congolese military uniform waylaid their victims who were travelling in a Canter truck registration number UAB 196J that was transporting fish from Kasese district to Ishasha in Kanungu district near the Southern Gate of Kanungu Army Barracks.
The gunmen who emerged from Queen Elizabeth National Park started shooting randomly at their victims and injured three of them in the legs. The gunmen also kidnapped, Robert Mugabe, a resident of Busoni Village in Kituba parish in Nabiswera Sub County in Nakasongola district.
He was released few days later after his family members and well-wishers paid a ransom of US$ 7500.
In March 2018, a female Uganda People's Defense Forces -UPDF soldier identified as Lance Corporal Gladia Amenyo attached to Mpondwe Border Customs in Kasese district was shot by unidentified gunmen in the national park, one kilometer to Mpondwe customs along the Uganda-DRC border.
Amenyo was shot when two armed thugs ambushed a truck registration number UAZ 782M loaded with sweet plantains and palm oil destined for the DRC through the Ishasha border in Kanungu district.