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Police Raises Red Flag Over Boda-Boda Robberies as 6 Are Murdered

Joseph Mukasa, a resident of Kijjabwemi was found dead at Kyabumba in Masaka district. His motorcycle is missing. Kuzaifa Mawanda, 24, was also killed on September 11 (last Saturday) almost at the same spot where Mukasa’s body was recovered.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga

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Police have raised a red flag over the renewed attacks of Boda boda riders and the theft of their motorcycles. It follows the murder of six motorcyclists in the last seven days.   

Police have recovered six bodies of Boda-boda riders in Kalungu, Kyenjojo and Nakasongola districts. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has identified the victims as Michael Segawa, Joseph Mukasa, Kuzaiga Mawanda, Ariguma Monday and Patrick Kyarigonza. Enanga says unknown assailants waylaid and killed Segawa at Bukulula in Kalungu district.

Segawa met death as he returned from withdrawing Shillings 10 million from the village savings. “We suspect someone learnt about Segawa’s trip and waylaid him. The money was taken but the motorcycle was abandoned. We suspect the motive was clearly to take the money. His body was found dumped at Kabale-Bugonzi road,” Enanga said.

Joseph Mukasa, a resident of Kijjabwemi was found dead at Kyabumba in Masaka district. His motorcycle is missing. Kuzaifa Mawanda, 24, was also killed on September 11 (last Saturday) almost at the same spot where Mukasa’s body was recovered.

In Kyenjojo district, Monday Ariguma and Patrick Kyarigonza, were found dead inside Matiri central forest reserve and their motorcycles taken.  The missing motorcycles are registration numbers UFA 559C and UFB 231B.

Enanga has rallied Boda-boda riders to be careful with lucrative deals from strangers. Police say Boda-boda riders land in trouble when people offer good money for seemingly shorter distances with the aim of killing them and rob their bikes.

“We want to urge Boda-Boda riders to be vigilant. These attackers often come up with luring trips. They need to be suspicious of very lucrative money and places they are being asked to ride to. For instance, the Kyenjojo riders were taken into Matiri forest which is a deadly spot. It needs for them to coordinate with their colleagues when moving in such places,” Enanga said.

Away from Masaka, Kalungu and Kyenjojo, an unidentified motorcyclist has also been killed and his motorcycle taken in Nakasongola district. Police found him with a toolbox. A fortnight ago, three motorcyclists were found dead in Wakiso District.

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