A new wave of armed gangs on the loose is causing panic in Rakai and surrounding areas. For traders in Kyotera town in Rakai district.
Armed robbers on New Years’ day attacked traders at 7.30pm leaving one injured in the sporadic shootings and millions of cash lost.
Two armed robbers paralyzed the town when they shot over ten bullets to pave way for their mission.
The shootings did not spare a one Amina who was in the market purchasing some goods. Amina was shot in the shoulder and later rushed to Mwebe’s clinic in Kalisizo town in a very critical condition.
The duo bravely entered two shops of Moses Ssekalo and Milly Nakirembeka and requested for the entire days sales.
According to the residents and traders working in ‘Kikuubo market’ the robbery was witnessed by everyone but robbers could hardly be identified despite having no masks on their faces.
“We were so afraid to get their faces but they moved gently while armed and everyone simply paved way for them”, said James Kigozi one of the traders.
It is believed that the robbers followed Ssekalo right from the mosque where he had his prayers at 7:00pm to his shop.
This is the time when Ssekalo closes his shop and checks his sales. According to Ssekalo, he tried to hesitate the bugglars’ orders but he almost lost his life.
“When he told me to pack all the cash, I declined at first and he decided to shoot in the air as he vowed to kill me alongside my employees who were staring at us in great fear”, he said.
Several residents described one of the thieves as a brave teenager and wondered where he got the courage to make the attack.
It is also believed that since the two banks centenary and Stanbic had some technical hitches on 31st December 2016, the robbers were sure that they could collect large sums of money. (These banks had closed for routine and periodic maintenance)
The two banks are the main financial institutions operating in the town yet they could hardly allow any cash banking for over five days.
The looting took place for over 30 minutes as they harassed other shops in the town asking for cash.
Residents blamed the Police for having not helped them for all that long. “These guys were ready to shoot anyone in their way but I wonder where the Police was for over 30 minutes”, said Ssebulime one of the traders.
The area where the many shops are situated together with the market place is also lacking security guards. This is also a sounding reason as to why the robbers managed to be 100% successful in their mission.
The Rakai District Police Commander (DPC) Hashim Kasinga however said Police is doing investigations which a lay man can hardly understand.
He said since Kikuubo area in Kyotera is the centre of trade in Rakai, Police can hardly sit back and leave the traders to suffer.
“We have made deployments in not only Kyotera town but in most towns and according to our intelligence, those bugglars will be grasped in just a few days”, said Kasinga.
Kasinga also promised to strengthen Kyotera Police station so that traders are safe with their goods.