In Kampala city, another high-profile robbery has occurred, this time involving a Chinese national named He Wei. He lost a significant amount, $190,000 (approximately Shs 718 million), to a gang of motorcycle-riding assailants on Ssezibwa road in Kololo.
According to the report by Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Erasmus Matsiko, the incident took place three days ago when Wei hired a motorcycle taxi to collect the money from his home along Ssezibwa Road around 1 pm.
Despite efforts to protect his bag, Wei was surrounded by the thugs on motorcycles who forcefully seized the money and fled the scene. Surprisingly, even the boda-boda rider hired by Wei joined the gang, leaving him stranded.
This incident follows closely after another robbery targeting Lee Shao, another Chinese national, where Shs 200 million was stolen on Wilson road.
As investigations are ongoing, no arrests have been made yet. The Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, is awaiting further briefing on the incident.
Police reports suggest a review of Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) footage to trace the direction taken by Wei’s robbers. AIP Matsiko’s report implies suspicion that the boda-boda used by Wei might have been linked to the perpetrators.
The case has been recorded at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) under CRB 2199/2023. Deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, issues a caution against carrying substantial sums of money without adequate security, especially for foreigners.
This incident draws parallels with a previous tragedy involving Ito Okira, a Japanese national who lost his life in a robbery in Kampala last September. Okira’s attackers are currently remanded at Luzira Maximum Prison, facing amended charges, including murder, following his tragic demise.