Rakai —Kalisizo town traders in Rakai district had the worst night yesterday since 2017 started just like their colleagues who faced it rough on the 1st day in 2017.
In the attack, four traders were shot and rushed to Kalisizo hospital where one of them identified as Salongo Ssenkaali of Matale in Kalisizo lost his life on reaching the hospital.
The very armed robbers that harassed Kyotera traders a week back, yesterday attacked Kalisizo town and are said to have run away with millions of money mercilessly.
The robbers attacked the traders at around 8pm and shot bullets in the air as they tried to ask for money that had been sold that day.
According to the District Police Commander Hashim Kasinga, the gun being used by the robbers was stolen from URA officials on the 31st of December last year.
“That gun was stolen but we are going to get it anytime and we shall even get the robbers themselves”, said Kasinga.
One of the traders identified as Mukyala Mugejjera confessed to have lost over 15million in return for her life.
“Had I failed to surrender my sales, these men were more than ready to shoot me to death”, she cried.
She added that over 15million had been set aside and ready to be deposited in the bank the following day.
The bullet shootings dispersed all people in the town and by 8:30pm, all shops had been closed to get rid of the consequences of the attack.
Simon Mujuzi, one of the traders in Kalisizo urged the Police to always respond immediately to the residents’ calls whenever such incidents happen in the community.
“If the Police intervene on the spot, robbers can easily be captured other than coming almost after half an hour”, said Mujuzi.
Most of the traders in town blamed Police for the delay and called for a reshuffle of Kalisizo police post officers.
“The Policemen here should all be reshuffled because we are gaining nothing from their services. If over 50 million shillings and people’s lives are lost, how can one convince me that they are really useful”, said one of the traders.
However, the Regional Police Commander Maxwell Ogwal intervened that very night as he assured the traders of tight security and urged them to be calm.
According to the residents, over ten shops were raided in a period of about thirty minutes.
Other three traders who had severe injuries were identified as Kiku, Kalinzi and a son to Dr. Byansi who owns a clinic in the town.
Kyotera traders closed their shops immediately on hearing the news and called for the Police’s protection which spent the whole night on a patrol.