By Hanning Mbabazi
Nsambya: Two armed robbers on Saturday evening attacked FDC presidential contender Dr. Kizza Besigye’s fuel station in Nsambya, where one of them was shot dead.
Eyewitnesses revealed to SpyUganda that gunfire exchange erupted at Total Petrol station after security at the fuel station alerted the police and tried to intercept the armed robbers. The facility proprietor Dr. Kizza Besigye said that “A man came and parked car besides the pump, and alerted the station staff who were on duty that something was going to happen, but requested them to remain calm, He then went back to the vehicle. However they didn’t know what he was all about. A little while later, another vehicle came to the Pump, parked and asked for fuel worth Shs20,000, which they paid. But as they were trying to refuel that vehicle, men emerged from the vehicle that had parked before, with guns, dressed on plain clothes and attacked those who had just parked at pump, shooting one dead inside the vehicle. The other one jumped out and tried to run but was also promptly shot.”
He added that “Later on, they took the bodies away.”
However, it has since emerged that the armed robbers were shot dead by Flying Squad operatives who had received intelligence that they were plotting to rob the petrol station. Deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said a gun was also recovered. However, Owoyesigyire said details on their identification and how the robbery was foiled shall be availed later. This was going to be the fifth armed robbery in a space of three weeks in Kampala. Last week two mobile money operators were killed by thugs moving on three motorcycles in Zzana along Entebbe Road. Victims of Zzana incident were identified as Harriet Nalwadda and her worker Moreen Nakabubi. Five days ago police foiled another armed robbery in Kawempe even though the suspects were arrested without fire exchange. Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and Uganda Police Force (UPF) arrested three Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) deserters.
They include Stanley Muluuta who reportedly killed a UPDF Leutenant before he deserted. Muluuta was arrested in Masanafu in an operation conducted by FSU and two guns were recovered.