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Thugs hack couple, flee with cash

By Simon Masaba

Added 14th August 2016 10:15 PM

The victims are nursing injuries at Mengo Hospital in Kampala

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The victims are nursing injuries at Mengo Hospital in Kampala

Police is hunting for unidentified panga-wielding thugs that broke into a couple’s rented house, hacked them, and robbed them of sh1.8m before they fled.

Police identified the victims as Elisha Nsobya and Prossy Nakanwagi, residents of Lubugumu in Ndejje, Wakiso district. The gruesome incident happened at dawn.

According to Police, Nsobya is a businessman operating at Wakiliga market and his wife, a shoe vendor at St. Balikudembe market formerly Owino in downtown Kampala.

By press time, the victims were nursing injuries at Mengo Hospital in Kampala. Speaking from his hospital bed, Nsobya said the thugs accessed the house through the back door.

“The attackers were two youths both holding pangas. I attempted to lock the door to deny them access to the stolen property out of the home but in vain.

To halt my move, one thug cut me on the shoulder and the other attacked my wife, they fled, leaving us helpless,” he said.

Our neighbours, Nsobya said, came to our rescue after they recovered some of our clothes thrown along the road to our home and the bag that had the sh1.8m.

The area local council chairman Suleiman Ssejengo asked for increased Police vigilance in the area, remarking: “That is the second couple to be attacked in a month by panga-wielding men.”

The Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, confirmed the incident, saying Police was probing and hunting for the suspects.

“The Police are tracing the suspects using a police sniffer dog,” he said, by press time, no suspect had been arrested.

The Lubugumu Police got a sniffer dog to trace the suspects.

Meanwhile, Police, has recovered the body of James Sserwadda 52, a salon attendant from his house in Luwafu-Makindye division.

According to Kayima, the widow identified as Mackrine Namazzi, made an alarm to neighbours for rescue, after making repeated calls to her husband’s mobile phone which went unanswered.

By the time Namazzi telephoned Sserwada, their house was locked.

“The neighbours ran to her rescue by breaking into the house. His body was found lying on the floor before they called Police which took the body to Mulago hospital for a postmortem,” Kayima said.

A 2014 police report crime report, noted that a total 2,421 cases were reported and investigated.

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