One more suspect has been arrested as police continue to hunt for fugitives in last month’s Masaka hardware armed robbery. The suspect, one Kizza was arrested on Friday from Nyendo in Masaka and 10 Million shillings recovered from a suspected accomplice in Kyotera District.
Kizza’s arrest brings to three the number of those so far arrested in connection to the incident in which a UPDF Officer was gunned down and 400million shillings robbed from Muto Hardware Shop. Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the total amount so far recovered is Shs50m, of the Shs435m robbed from the Hardware.
Emilian Kayima, while addressing a Weekly press conference at Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala on Monday released photos of two suspects still at large.
“Those still at large include the prime suspect; Wakube James alias Imran, who hails from Nakifuma, Buikwe district. The second suspect, Derrick Jjumba who hails from Mutukula in Rakai District is a repeat offender, having been recently released from Masaka prison on armed robbery and murder cases,” Kayima said.
Kayima also revealed that a motor vehicle Reg. No. UAM730U Ipsum Navy blue and motorcycle Reg. No. UEE345U that were used to commit these crimes have been seized.
“We are hotly pursuing them. They can only delay the process but will be caught and arraigned in courts of law,” he said, adding “We appeal to the members of the public out there who might know their whereabouts to notify the police in confidence so that we find them and arraign them in courts of law.”
Last week, Kayima revealed that the other suspects; Teheyo Julius was arrested from Ntungamo district and Kankaka Gerevazio alias Kojja was nabbed from Busega.
On July 1st 2018, Muto Hardware shop owned by a prominent businessman Moses Kaliisa was attacked by a group of armed assailants. During the attack, one Moses Musingizi, a UPDF reserve force guard was brutally murdered and his assault rifle with 30 rounds of ammunition stolen.
The sum of money robbed was amounting to Shs435,705,500. In the same attack, one Shafique Kiggundu, a casual laborer was also shot and badly injured. He died on arrival at Masaka Referral Hospital.