Police in Kampala are investigating a case in which two women were on Monday night shot dead as five armed robbers raided a mobile money shop in Zana cell, Bunamwaya, Makindye-Ssabagabo in Waskiso District.
Police said Tuesday that a mobile money agent Harriet Naluwadde, 33 and her worker Moreen Nakabubi, 25, both residents of Zana cell were shot dead by the thugs who were riding on three unidentified motor cycles at about 10.45pm.
“It is alleged that five thugs riding on three unidentified motor cycles robbed the victims of unspecified amount of money before shooting them dead. They were shot near their shop as they were heading home. We want to thank the area police (Kirimanyanga police post) for responding in time and the 999 patrol for coordinating the search for the thugs,” Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Mr Patrick Onyango said in a statement he issued on Tuesday.
Mr Onyango further noted that investigations into the shooting continue and appealed to members of the public to volunteer any information in regard to this incident.
This comes just days after six heavily armed thugs also moving on three unidentified motorcycles raided Cheap General Hardware shop in Nansana municipality, Wakiso district and shot dead three people critically injuring two others. About Sh385 million was robbed at the time it was being prepared to be taken to the bank.
Three security guards were arrested but later released with police saying they were innocent because investigations had revealed that they had no prior knowledge of the May 29 robbery.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday told journalists at the Police weekly press briefing at the Police headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala suburb that their investigators managed to review the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage and identified the vehicle suspected to be part of the aggravated robbery.
“We think this is our lead and can lead us to the real culprits. We cannot reveal details for purposes of our investigation,” he added.
According to the 2018 police crime report, the volume of crime decreased by 5.2 percent where 238,746 cases were registered compared to 252,065 cases registered in 2017. Cases taken to court in 2018 were 73,035. Of these, 22,263 cases secured convictions, 1,248 cases were acquitted while 90,763 cases were still under inquiry by the end of the year.
There was however increase in homicide, sex related crimes, breakings, robbery, political/media crimes and narcotic cases.