By Hope Mafaranga and Jude Kafuuma
THE Police in Fort Portal are hunting for unknown thugs, who attacked a businessman with acid and stole his money. Francis Basaliza was admitted to Virika Mission Hospital on Wednesday night after the attack at his shop in Kitumba trading centre on Kabarole-Kyenjojo road.
Basaliza said the incident happened at around 1:00am on Wednesday, while he was locking his shop to go home. â€œI was locking my shop when I heard someone calling my name from one of the corners of the building. When I responded and turned to see who the person was, I just felt a burning liquid substance on my face,â€ Basaliza said.
â€œI knew it was acid when my shirt got burnt. I could not breathe normally. I shouted and my staff came to my rescue.â€ On Wednesday morning, Basaliza was transferred to Mulago Hospital in the acid and burns ward.
â€œI was carrying a container with air-time worth sh1m and about sh800,000 in cash. It seems their target was money because after the attack, they made-off with the container and other goods from the shop,â€ Basaliza said.
â€œThe situation has improved since he was attacked on Wednesday, but we hope to stay here until he fully recovers,â€ said his attendant only identified as Anyire.
Western region Police commander Wilson Kwanya condemned the act, saying it was due to the excessive drug abuse in the region. Basalizaâ€™s wife, Cotilda, said this was the third time assailants have attacked her husband.
The Police are investigating the motive of the attack.