RDC’s driver, escort caught in armed robbery

By URN

The driver and an escort to Captain Peter Mugisha, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner are in trouble over armed robberies they allegedly staged. 

The driver has been identified as Ronald Mwesigye while the escort is Gerard Loki, a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces -UPDF soldier. The duo was arrested in the wee hours of Wednesday morning while reportedly robbing a shop in Kisoro hill village, Kisoro municipality. 

A police officer at Kisoro police station told our reporter on condition of anonymity that Loki, who is currently on official leave, had left a gun in Captain Mugisha’s home in Nyaruhengeri, Southern division Kisoro municipality.

  The officer explained to our reporter that Mwesigye and Loki later sneaked into Mugisha’s home on Tuesday night, picked the gun, went to Kisoro town, and staged illegal roadblocks. 

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the duo went to Kisoro hill village and started robbing a shop as they threatened to shoot the owner in case he made any alarm.  

But in the process, neighbors of the victim secretly informed the police which swung into action and arrested the two robbers. 

He said that the duo was first taken to Nyakabande army barracks and interrogated before they were transferred to Kisoro police station for detention. 

When contacted, Captain Mugisha confirmed the incident saying that the suspects are being detained at Kisoro police station but declined to reveal more saying that the matter is still under investigation. 

Cases of armed robbery and gun violence are not uncommon in Kisoro district. In March 2017, Stephen Sabiiti Semitwe, a prominent businessman in Kisoro town was shot and injured by unknown gunmen at around 08:00 pm while at the gate of his home in Birembo cell, Rutare parish, Chahi sub-county.   

On the night of March 5, 2017 a gang of robbers raided shops in Muko trading Center, Nyabwishenya sub-county and made off with several items. The gang first put locals at gunpoint and ordered them to surrender their belongings. 

On December 22, 2016, Innocent Mugisha, a prominent businessman in Kisoro town was gunned down by unknown assailants while at his home at Mulayini, Kamuremena cell, Kisoro municipality.   The killers also shot and injured Steven Yumvirusaba in the leg.

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