Bodaboda Rider Injured in Rukungiri Armed Robbery

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The victim identified as Hillary Nkwasiibwe, a resident of Rwakabengo, Rukungiri Municipality was shot at around 1 a.m. at Rwakabengo trading centre. He says that he was hired by two people from Ntungamo stage with orders to take them to Rwakabengo at a cost of 1500 Shillings.

A 22-year-old bodaboda rider is admitted at Nyakibale Hospital in Rukungiri district as after he was shot by armed robbers in the wee hours of Monday morning.

The victim identified as Hillary Nkwasiibwe, a resident of Rwakabengo, Rukungiri Municipality was shot at around 1 a.m. at Rwakabengo trading centre. He says that he was hired by two people from Ntungamo stage with orders to take them to Rwakabengo at a cost of 1500 Shillings.

However, upon arrival, three other people emerged from the nearby bush. One of them shot him in the back, a bullet which penetrated through the right side of the chest. Flora Kemizaano, the mother of the victim says that the attackers abandoned him and went away with his motorcycle, a Bajaj Boxer registration number UEA 979 M.

Edwin Atukunda, the Officer-in-Charge of Rukungiri Police Station says that police have already arrested three of the suspected armed robbers. He, however, declined to divulge details about their identities for fear of jeopardizing investigations. Two of the suspects are still on the run.
 
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Cases of armed robbery are on the rise in the Kigezi region.

On September 21, 2018, Geoffrey Zirarusha, 46, a businessman and his wife Evasta Nyirabasuku of Kabira village, Kisoro District were robbed at gun point. The thugs went away with 460,000 Shillings.

On June 18, 2018, Aldrine Nankunda, a businesswoman from Kakyeka cell, Northern ward in Western division in Rukungiri municipality was also shot on the right thigh and robbed of 5 million Shillings.

In August 2018, Rogers Byaruhanga, a bodaboda cyclist from Murambi cell in Rubanda district was shot dead by gunmen.  

In July 2018, Francis Aryarugamu a businessman and his wife Zamu Kenkoonzi, both residents of Bataka cell, Mwanjari ward, in 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.  Late August 2018, another businessman only identified as Milton, the Proprietor of Unique Mini Supermarket in the central division, Kabale municipality was also robbed of six million Shillings on gunpoint by unknown thugs.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.