By Fred Kiva
Two people have been shot dead by armed robbers in Zana Cell, Makindye Ssabagabo in Wakiso district.
The incident, the second in just two weeks around Kampala City, occurred on Monday evening at around 11 pm. Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango identifies the deceased as 33-year-old Harriet Naluwadde a mobile money agent and her employee Moreen Nakabubi aged 25, all residents of Zana Cell.
The two were shot near their shop as they headed home. “It’s alleged that five thugs riding on three unidentified motorcycles robbed the victims of an unspecified amount of money before shooting them dead,” Onyango said in a press statement on Tuesday.
No arrests yet but investigations and the hunt for the suspects is underway Police are appealing to whoever has information leading to arrest of the criminals to avail it in confidence.
The incident follows a similar one at Cheap Hardware Shop in Nansana also in Wakiso district, at the end of May. Three workers at the hardware shop were shot dead as six armed robbers on motorcycles raided the shop and opened fire, before taking off with an unspecified amount of money in broad daylight.
Similar armed robberies have occurred around Kampala City in recent months.
Meanwhile in a separate incident one police officer was shot and injured during a shoot out with suspected armed robbers in Kinonya Masanafu Zone in Kampala.The shoot out happened on Tuesday morning after police on an intelligence-led operation raided a rented apartment of Stanley Mulunda, who was eventually arrested.
According to Onyango, there was heavy exchange of gunfire with the thugs, which left one of the unnamed police officers shot in the leg.The other suspect identified as Richard Kasirye escaped but police was able to recover two AK-47 rifles, 32 rounds of live ammunition and two magazines.
They also recovered a vehicle number plate UAM046J, a hammer and court documents.The suspect is currently detained at Central Police Station Kampala, while the hunt for the second one is on. Police did not however explain if the suspects are linked to the rampant City armed robberies.