June 12, 2013

One Shot Dead as Armed Robbers Undress Bus Passengers

The driver of the bus Sirage Mubiru says the thugs forced him to open the door and ordered him to drive the bus towards Kituuntu swamp a few kilometres to Uganda Martyrs University-Nkozi off the main highway.

One person has been shot dead by armed thugs who undressed over 50 passengers on a Jaguar bus and robbed them of their property worth millions of shillings.

The incident, according to first respondents, happened at around 4am Wednesday morning. Armed thugs waylaid a Jaguar Bus registration number UAN 981J from Rwanda to Kampala at Kayabwe trading centre along Masaka-Kampala highway.

It is alleged that the masked thugs dressed in what looked like army uniform had parked a car carrier truck in the middle of the road, forcing the Jaguar bus to stop.

The driver of the bus Sirage Mubiru says the thugs forced him to open the door and ordered him to drive the bus towards Kituuntu swamp a few kilometres to Uganda Martyrs University-Nkozi off the main highway.

Mubiru says they ordered all of them to undress and started robbing everything from them. He explains that one passenger identified only as Rukundo was shot dead for refusing to undress. Mubiru says the shooting of one of the passengers scared and shocked them all and many of them undressed and gave away all of their belongings including money.

Mubiru says after the robbery, the thugs loaded their loot onto their car carrier truck and sped off leaving them terrorized.

Paddy Bukenya, a resident of Kayabwe, who rushed to the scene, says he was surprised to find many of the passengers without any clothing. He says even the women were left without any clothing. He managed to get some of the women dresses from Kayabwe locals to cover themselves.

Bukenya says only the dead passenger had clothes on.

Phillip Mukasa, the Central Region Police Spokesperson, has confirmed the incident. He says by the time reached the scene at around 6am, the thugs had long gone. He says police have started taking statements from the affected passengers and drivers to possibly get clues on what direction the thugs took.

Mukasa also says police is yet to identify how much money was stolen from the passengers and how many of them were on board. According to Mukasa, the body of the dead passenger has been taken to Nkozi Hospital for post-mortem.

Mukasa also says some of the passengers who included Rwandan traders have been allowed to proceed to Kampala.

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