ACP Namaye Polly Deputy Public Relations Officer, Uganda Police.

The Police has come out to alert the public on the recent attacks on mobile money agents in Mbale, Wakiso and Kakumiro districts.

Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Uganda Police, Polly Namaye mentions says: “There are increased reports of attacks on mobile money operators.”

She says of the case on April 9, 2019, at around 11pm, where two unidentified people who were travelling in an unidentified motor vehicle armed with a rifle waylaid one Magoma Isma, a mobile money agent at Nakaloke Central Cell, Nakaloke Town Council in Mbale District and robbed him of Shs 5,840,000, five mobile phones and three Matrix machines. They shot and injured him as well as the boda boda rider, Muzamiru Maasa who was transporting him home. The victims were taken to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.

On the same day at around 10pm, unidentified armed thugs attacked one Nampira Betty, a mobile money operator in Nansana West I Village, Nansana Division, Nansana Municipality and robbed her of Shs3.3 million. The suspects shot in the air to scare off approaching residents.

On April 9, 2019, at around 9pm, two unidentified people attacked Mugisha Moses, a mobile money operator at Mpongo Trading Centre, Mpasana Sub-county, Kakumiro District and robbed him of Shs1, 370,000. The suspects also shot and injured two people who were part of the group trying to pursue them. The injured were taken to Hoima Hospital for treatment.