By Our Reporter
Police in Luwero is hunting for thugs who robbed Ms Janet Katushabe, Power 2 Change Investment Company Manager of Shs80M that she had just withdrawn from Stanbic Bank and Centenary bank branches in Kasana, Luwero.
An aggravated robbery case has been opened at Luwero police on file no. CRB/56/2016 and investigations are on-going.
According to Pr. Joash Grace Haguma Gasaana, the director of Power 2 Change Investment Company Ltd that deals in giving out soft loans, both Katushabe and her assistant Ester Sanyu, tried to shout out for help but in vain!
“It was at around 8PM. Katushabe and Sanyu had just left Stanbic and Centenary banks where they had gone to withdraw company money using ATM cards of different accounts.” said Joash Gasana who is senior Pastor Kiboga Elim Church.
Asked how much money was robbed and how, Pr. Gasana told us, “Our manager was carrying the money in a big bag. Nobody thought that thugs would expect these two girls to be carrying such huge sums of money. To our surprise, two men riding on a boda-boda, stopped them and the one seated behind grabbed the bag and they sped off.”
In their statement, they couldn’t recognise the motorcycle number plate on which the thugs were riding on.
Power 2 Change Investment Company Ltd has branches in some towns in Uganda
The Bombo branch mostly accommodates UPDF army officials who regularly run there for loans before their salaries are paid.
“This robbery was a great financial setback. Shs80M is a lot of money for any loaning company to lose. This was our clients’ money. We are now at crossroads, our hands are tied, we cannot reach out our poor people who we have been helping out to start small businesses, take their children to school, pay hospital bills, look after their families, and start small businesses or boosting faming,” said Pastor Joash who is the brain behind Foundation for Orphans, Widows, Elderly and People living with HIV Aids (FOWEPLAK).
“I really don’t know what to do. We have been in this business for almost three years. We have touched so many souls, helped to fight poverty and diseases from our people. We have helped farmers and the sick. We have failed to trace the thieves, and have now lost hope. It is now over a month.”