Ugandans, Kenyans Fleeing South Sudan Conflict Robbed in Luweero Top story

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The Kenyans and Ugandans who were travelling in Toyota Regius number CE 329Z were robbed at Kasala village in Luweero district on Kampala Gulu highway early Friday morning.

Nine Kenyans and Ugandans fleeing South Sudan conflicts have been robbed on Kampala-Gulu Highway by thieves impersonating police officers.
At least 500 people including Ugandans have been killed in violent clashes that broke up in the South Sudan Capital Juba on Sunday. At least 600 Ugandans are camped at Uganda's embassy in Juba, South Sudan waiting to be evacuated.
As result several nationals including Kenyans, Ugandans among others who have working there are fleeing the country using private cars and public means of transport via Nimule-Kampala-Gulu highway to safety.
The Kenyans and Ugandans who were travelling in Toyota Regius number CE 329Z were robbed at Kasala village in Luweero district on Kampala Gulu highway early Friday morning.
The victims have been identified as Kenyans Leuben Munyao, Martha Nyaliet, Charles Mbaluka and Ugandans Prossy Awachango and Richard Musoke.
The fake police officers had put up an illegal road block with a wooden sign post that read ‘’STOP, POLICE CHECK.’’ The men seemed to have three guns on them.
Charles Mbaluka, the driver of Toyota Regius, told our URN Reporter that when he saw the sign post, he thought that it was for genuine police officers and stopped for check-ups.
Mbaluka says that when they stopped, the robbers pointed their guns at them and ordered them to surrender all money, phones, laptops, jewelleries, clothes among properties they had in car.
He adds that all the passengers were offloaded and they ordered him to drive to enable them offload the properties but he made alarm which attracted attention of bypasses who notified officers on police patrol  who come for rescue later.
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Leuben Munyao says that he lost his passport and 1.6 million shillings to the robbers. The money was part of his transport fare to Kenya. Munyao believes the robbers had one genuine gun between themselves and the other two were fake.
Prossy Awachango says some of them suffered cuts and bruises as they ran into the bushes for their lives. They are now waiting for relatives to send them aid. 
The Savanah Regional Police Commander Richard Mivule says that the police officers on night patrol car arrived at the scene few minutes after the incident. Police managed to recover the car, several properties abandoned in the bushes and two fake guns they were using to rob the passengers but the criminals took off.
Mivule says police is hunting for robbers.
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On Friday four cases of burglary and robbery were reported within Luweero town council .


About the author

Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.