Gunmen kill Fort Portal Mobile money dealer

The police in Fort Portal are investigating the murder of a 29-year-old mobile money dealer who was attacked last evening by armed robbers at his shop.
The police have identified the victim as Rayan Kaahwa who has been operating a mobile money shop in Futi Butangwa cell, Butebe ward in the city’s North division.

The Rwenzori West regional police spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, said in a statement that Kaahwa was attacked at about 9:30 pm on Wednesday night by two men claiming to be customers who approached the deceased and requested to withdraw Shs 1.2 million.
Preliminary police findings indicate that the gunmen shot Kaahwa in the shoulders and he fell as he started initiating the withdrawal.

Martin Ayebale, an eyewitness who reported the incident to police, says that the robbers asked him to keep quiet or they shoot him too.

“After warning him, the second thug opened the deceased’s drawer and grabbed the cash (amount yet to be established) before the two took off on foot and disappeared in the neighbourhood,” said Twesige in a statement.

By the time neighbours went to the scene, the thugs had already disappeared and it is at that time that the police rushed to the scene. The police have so far arrested two male suspects to assist in investigations.
The two according to Kaahwa appeared around the scene a few minutes before the incident and had just hired a room in the same building.

According to family sources, Kaahwa was first rushed to Virika Hospital in Fort Portal where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is now at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital awaiting postmortem as police investigations continue.

On Saturday, unknown gunmen also killed one person and injured two others critically in Kibiito sub-county, Bunyangabu district as they robbed a mobile money agent.

Three armed robbers attacked Robert Nyakaana, a mobile money agent; beat him as they demanded for money.
Nyakaana was shot in the leg before his attackers made off with Shs 300,000 and mobile phones worth Shs 3.5 million.


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