- Thugs targeted sh700m from businessman
By Hannington Nkalubo and Henry Kasomoko
In what could have been an action-packed scene on a movie set, police on Friday took out of action two thugs after foiling an armed robbery.
The movie set was in an upscale suburb of Bukoto - only that this was no movie scene; they were policemen taking real fire from armed robbers but this time round, the thugs were caught unawares.
On the fateful morning, a team of policemen donning plain clothes and armed to the teeth, lay siege in Namuli zone in Bukoto, along the adjoining roads to the residence of Peter Bagonza, a Kikuubo trader.
The Police, according to Kampala Metropolitan police commander, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, had gotten wind of information that the businessman's life was in imminent danger as thugs had plotted to rob him after they were tipped off by some of their informants that he had retired home with sh700m the previous night!
The informants had done their homework Thursday and established that the mission would be a big score for the thugs.
The thugs had hired two bodabodas (motorcycles) with each carrying two people and like a hunting dog, lay siege and waited for their prey.
On Friday morning, however, Bagonza delayed to leave his home, perhaps setting off alarm bells as one of the thugs, on closer scrutiny, realised there seemed to be a lot of coordinated activity among the 'residents' who were seemingly going about their business.
The thug sensed danger and alerted his friends. They then made a run for it but policemen, who had already surrounded the area, blocked them right in front of FROEBEL P/S.
One of the thugs, Julius Ouma, drew a pistol to shoot at a policeman but a volley of fire felled him like a tree before he could squeeze the trigger.
Another thug who had an SMG opened fire at the policemen, attempting a rescue mission for his colleagues. The hail of bullets shattered the windscreen of an unmarked police car.
Sensing that the thugs were determined not to get caught, the incensed policemen returned fire in self-defence and killed the second thug identified as Iman Imajua.
Two other thugs however managed to make a break for it and escaped.
Andrew Felix Kaweesi (right) said: “We wanted to arrest them in action and get information from them but they made us and opened fire which prompted us to shoot back and overwhelmed them.”
He said that the thugs seemed to have trailed the businessman for some time because they had once broken into his home and stole a vehicle which they later abandoned along the Northern By-pass.
Bagonza thanked the Police for their quick action and said he did not even have the said money the thugs were targeting.