It was Friday when about 60 Passengers in number who had boarded a Kampala-bound Link Bus were left in shock after an abrupt robbery attack by gunmen in Mityana along the Kampala-Masindi highway.
The incident happened in the wee hours of Friday morning after the yet- to- identified armed robbers attacked the bus and robbed passengers of all their property, including phones and unspecified amounts of money while those that resisted were mercilessly beaten.
The investigations from preliminary police indicate that the bus of registration number UBG 423G had a total of 65 passengers on board and had left Bundibugyo on Thursday evening at 7 pm en route to Kampala when the attack happened.
The armed robbers were about 10 in number according to Wamala Regional police Spokesperson, Ms. Racheal Kawala.
The robbers allegedly armed with guns and hammers intercepted the bus at Bamujugu swamp bordering Mityana and Kassanda districts and ordered the passengers to move out of the bus and lie down on the road along Mityana_ Kampala highway Ms Wamala said.
At the illegal roadblock, the passengers were reportedly ordered out of the bus, asked to lie on the ground before their property- phones, money, among others, were taken from them. Those who were hesitant to hand over their property to the suspected robbers were allegedly beaten, she added.
She added that after collecting their stake, the robbers then ordered the passengers to board back the bus and took off with the stolen valuables and by the time police responded to the crime scene, the suspects had already vanished.
The robbers then ordered the passengers to board back the bus. We were informed and rushed to the scene of the crime. However, the suspects had fled the scene. Efforts are underway to have guns recovered and the suspects arrested and brought to book, she noted.
She however urged citizens to always remain vigilant and alert for such incidents and called on anyone with information that can lead to the suspects to get in touch with the nearby police.
We remain committed to protecting all Ugandans and ensuring their safety. Anyone with information that can lead us to the arrest of the suspects may contact us on 0714667834 or report to any nearby police.
The robbery attack comes two days the same company lost its bus when it caught fire at Wakaliga traffic lights in Natete, Kampala a few days after link bus company had resumed operation following recent suspension by government after one of its buses was involved in an accident in Fort Portal that has since claimed the lives of 23 people.