By James Bakama
COMMONWEALTH Games gold medalist Dorcus Inzikuru was yesterday robbed of sh13.9m. The money, intended for her three-month training in Kenya, was mysteriously stolen at 1:00pm shortly after she withdrew it from Kenya Commercial Bank, Nakumatt branch on Yusuf Lule Road in Kampala.
Inzikuru suspects a tall light-skinned man who, after commending her for the good job she is doing for Uganda at a nearby boda boda stage, later followed her to the bank.
â€œI saw him at the entrance. He approached me as I walked out and tapped my hand that was holding the bag where the money was,â€ recounted the athlete.
She added that she realised she had lost the money when it came to paying for a boda boda on her way to Eco Bank where she wanted to make a deposit.
â€œThe envelope where the money had been placed in the bank was still in the bag but all it had was a small stick,â€ the baffled Inzikuru explained. She reported the case to Jinja Road Police.
Inzikuru said the boda boda rider claimed to know the tall man. â€œHe said the suspect had gone to Crane Bank in Kireka. We rode to Kireka but there was no sign of the tall man.â€
The boda boda man also fled after learning that Inzikuru planned to report the latest twist to the Police.
â€œI am stuck. I donâ€™t know what to do. I borrowed this money,â€ said Inzikuru, who is training for next yearâ€™s Commonwealth Games in India.
The 2005 steeplechase world champion trains together with other elite runners at a high altitude camp in Eldoret.
â€œItâ€™s very upsetting to lose that kind of money at this time of the year. Itâ€™s very risky these days to move with big sums of money,â€ said Uganda Athletics Federation secretary Beatrice Ayikoru.