A manager of a petrol station – Petrol Uganda – in Mubende district has been shot dead Tuesday morning.
Identified by police as Edision Kajembera, the 40-year-old was “shot in the chest by two armed people” as he transported money for banking from Kasambya to Mubende.
According to Police Spokesperson AIGP Asan Kasingye, the gruesome incident occurred between 9:00-10:00am.
Kasingye, in a phone interview, said the killers “first deflated the tyres of the vehicle”, before gunning him down.
The assailants, who are still at large, according to the police spokesman, “fled with a bag that contained money.”
Police have kicked off investigations.
Gun murders in Uganda
Gen Jeje Odongo, the minister of Internal Affairs, recently released data which indicated that 503 people were killed between 2014 and 2016, while another 1,477 survived with serious gunshot wounds.
According to the report, the murders arose from shootings involving legal and illegal guns in circulation.
The minister also informed parliament that in 2014, at least 181 people were shot dead, and some 151 people killed in 2015, while more 171 people were again shot dead last year.
He further confessed that the government does not have information to estimate accurately the number of illegally held guns that have been used in illegal operations.
Only 6,000 of the civilian-owned guns, according to the Minister, are registered in the country, while more 16,783 guns are held by private security organisations.
Killings with guns, it should be noted, are not only affecting civilians.
A number of police officers have killed in by assailants, notable among them former assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was shot dead early this year outside his house in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb.
Several incidents have also been reported of cops losing guns to armed robbers.