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Mobile Money Agents, A New Target For Criminals

Mobile money agents in the country especially urban areas are lately operating in fear following a recent spate of robberies targeting them.

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So far, over five mobile money outlets have been robbed in Kampala metropolitan area, the most recent being on Tuesday in Mukono where unknown people killed a one Rebbecca Namugenyi aged 22.

Namugenyi was operating in Kapeka village, Nama Sub-county, Mukono District. She was found dead in her rented room.

Police reports indicate that the killers slit her throat before disappearing with an unspecified amount of money.

Early this month, security guards attached to Tiger Security Company turned around and robbed their clients, also mobile money agents of Chims limited in Nansana a suburb on the outskirts of Kampala.

The guards put two employees of the outlet on gunpoint and stole the cash.

In a breakdown, it was alleged the guards stole MTN cash sales worth 3.9 million shillings, MTN mobile money float worth 4 million shillings, 1.5 million shillings from Centenary agent banking, 240,000 shillings from a Diamond Trust bank agent and two mobile phones.

After the robbery, the guards abandoned their guns at the crime scene and fled but did not injure their victims.

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Last month, in Zana along Entebbe road, robbers who were riding on unidentified motocycles shot and killed two women before robbing them money.

The two victims were identified as Harriet Naluwadde aged 33 and her co- worker a one Moreen, 25 both mobile money operators.

“It is alleged that five thugs riding on three unidentified motor cycles robbed the victims of unspecified amount of money before shooting them dead. They were shot near their shop as they were heading home. We want to thank the area police (Kirimanyanga police post) for responding in time and the 999 patrol for coordinating the search for the thugs,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Mr Patrick Onyango following the incident

Despite the ongoing investigations by security agencies into the new spike of robberies, operators of mobile money outlets are leaving in fear as they have become a target to the yet to be identified criminal gang.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga while reacting to the raising criminality, advised the operators to always deploy security at their outlets and avoid moving with cash especially at night.

In many suburbs of Kampala, Chimp corps has established that most of the mobile money agents both in the city centre and some suburbs have started closing their businesses as early as 7pm to avoid eventualities.

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