Edward Tomusange Kayinja, a radio reporter with the Mengo based Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) Radio has survived an attack by armed robbers in Masaka district.
Unidentified thugs waylaid Tomusange in the wee hours of Monday morning as he was driving to his home in Kimanya zone A in Masaka municipality from his grocery shop in Nyendo township.
The thugs robbed Tomusange of his valuables and vandalized his vehicle. According to Tomusange, four thugs staged a roadblock on the way leading to his home forcing him to stop.
He says the armed thugs shot a bullet directly through his driving screen, which narrowly missed his head. He explains that minutes later the armed robbers, one of them dressed in what appeared like one of the police uniforms dragged him out of the car and ordered him to surrender all the money he had.
According to Tomusange, after searching him the thugs and several pleas to spare his life, the thugs instructed him to crawl to his home. He later notified police about the incident.
Jacob Kkule, the Masaka District Police Commander, says they responded instantly and managed to recover Tomusange’s car, which was abandoned at the crime scene. He reveals that police have also recovered two bullet cartridges from the scene to aide their investigations.
Areas around Masaka have continued experiencing incidents of armed robberies perpetrated by people that tend to dress in uniforms of known security agencies.
Flavia Terimulugi, the spokesperson of Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) armored brigade, says their teams are closely studying the trend to get rid of the problem.