Thugs shoot Masaka businessman

Tuesday February 12 2019

Mr Gerald Lutaaya is nursing wounds at Kitovu

Mr Gerald Lutaaya is nursing wounds at Kitovu Hospital. PHOTO BY GERTRUDE MUTYABA 

By GERTRUDE MUTYABA

Police in Masaka District are investigating circumstances under which a business man was shot by unidentified gun men.
Mr Gerald Lutaaya, 45, a resident of Kirinda village, Mukungwe Sub County in Masaka District was shot on Sunday night (Sunday) at around 10pm after he was coming from a meeting held by a Sacco group commonly known as Pewosa in Nyendo.

Mr Lutaaya who is currently nursing wounds at Kitovu Hospital says that the thugs suspected him of being in possession of all the money which was collected from members in the Sacco group.

“Two men who attacked me were in possession of two guns and they trailed me from the Sacco meeting to my home hoping that I possessed all the money we had collected from members which wasn’t the case,” Mr Lutaaya explains.

He narrates he was returning his children to school after having failed to take them last week. His getting shot has dented these plans.

“The money I have collected for my children’s school fees has all been spent in hospital and now I do not know what I am going to do,” he adds.

Ms Juliet Nabasumba, the wife to Mr Lutaaya says they were watching news at 10pm and two men entered their house and started demanding for money.

According to her, one of the men escorted her to their shop where he demanded money but only Shs150, 000 was got.
“I had Shs150, 000 and unfortunately it was taken. Being that it was little, they went on and asked my husband to give them what he has from Pewosa but he told them he had no money and they shot him his arm and another bullet was shot in the air,” Ms Nabasumba says.

Mr Peter Ssempa, a resident of Kirinda says that this is not the first time gun men have attack residents in the area.
“Last week, another business man was robbed of his vehicle and Shs1 million by gun men but police has never done anything to help,” said Mr Ssempa.

He called upon security personnel to intervene and look for people who are illegally possessing guns because the lives of their people are going.

Dr Lucien Wasingya, a general surgeon at Kitovu hospital, says Mr Lutaaya is now stable since the gun passed through his arm.

The Southern Police Spokesman Lameck Kigozi confirms the incident saying, “Our security operatives are investigating the shootings in Masaka and we assure you we shall arrest these men and also get the guns they are using,” Lameck said.

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