The Ugandan law enforcers and authorities are intensely probing circumstances under which thugs shot dead, Stephen Nyakahuma, a businessman on Tuesday night in Fort Portal City.
Sources intimate that the 33-year-old was a mobile money dealer operating a retail shop in Kyogya cell, in the city.
Those at the scene allege that four armed men who disguised as clients forced their way into Nyakahuma’s shop at around 9 pm and demanded that his wife, Elia Biira, surrender all the money they had in their accounts, both hard and soft cash.
By then, Nyakahuma was standing outside the shop and when he heard a scuffle he tried to intervene but the robbers shot him in the hand and abdomen, before running away with Shs1.5m.
“The deceased was standing outside waiting for the wife to close stock and they leave for home but the mission was executed very fast and before we all knew, they had shot at Nyakahuma,” spoke a witness.
The area defense secretary Robert Mugabo, said the situation was normal by the time he passed by the deceased’s shop but shortly after he heard gunshots.
“When I peeped, I could see the deceased in a scuffle with armed men. When I drew closer, they shot in the air scaring away whoever wanted to come to their rescue. I took refuge inside the house but heard him scream that he had been shot at,” Mr. Mugabo said.
According to him, the deceased was bleeding heavily and collapsed at a nearby sugarcane plantation as he attempted to walk away.
Nyakahuma was then taken to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital where he was pronounced dead a few minutes later.