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Another Chinese national robbed of Shs 700m in Kampala

Another high-profile case of robbery involving a Chinese national has occurred in Kampala city. He Wei lost $190,000 (about Shs 718 million) to a motorcycle-riding gang on Ssezibwa road in Kololo.

According to assistant inspector of police (AIP) Erasmus Matsiko's report, Wei was robbed three days ago by assailants riding five motorcycles. Wei reportedly hired a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) to collect the money from his home along Ssezibwa Road on Thursday at around 1 pm.

However, on his way, he was intercepted by thugs who forcefully seized his bag containing the money and fled the scene.  

“He was robbed by thugs on motorcycles but they did not hurt him. To his surprise, even the boda-boda rider he had hired to take him to his home where he collected the money joined the gang of other riders. They drove off after grabbing his bag containing money,” Matsiko indicates in the report. 

Wei recounted that the boda-boda riders suddenly surrounded him, initiating an unexpected attack. Despite his efforts to protect his bag, he was overpowered. He expressed disappointment as the boda-boda rider he hired also sided with the assailants and left him stranded. This incident occurred shortly after another robbery targeting Lee Shao, where Shs 200 million was stolen. Shao, a Chinese national, was attacked on Wilson road. Although Shao managed to fire at the fleeing assailants, he did not hit them.

Investigations are ongoing, with no arrests made yet. Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson said he was yet to get any briefing about 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 of Wei's robbery has been recorded at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) under CRB 2199/2023. Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, cautioned against carrying substantial sums of money without adequate security, especially for foreigners. 

This incident echoes a previous tragedy involving Ito Okira, a Japanese national who lost his life after a robbery in Kampala last September. Okira succumbed to injuries sustained during the attack and the culprits are currently remanded at Luzira Maximum Prison, facing amended charges that include murder following Okira's tragic demise.


+1 #1 Lysol 2023-11-19 06:44
Sometimes it's hard to believe those so-called foreign investors.

How can one walk around with a lot of cash and expect not to be robbed? Some of those stories maybe fake news.
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+1 #2 Odongo Richard Otim 2023-11-19 17:50
The Chinese have become inert, because they can't see the Risks of Picking any bodaboda, knowing that everyone in Uganda know they have big business in Uganda and at the same time has a lot of money.

Why don't they use their official vehicles,or move with Harmed Police Officer, whenever they know they're going to carry big some of money. This is a matter encouraging theft in Uganda by being so negligence.
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0 #3 Akao 2023-11-20 03:35
This is actually a good thing! Chinese is taking over from where white people left Africa.

Maybe it will give them the idea of going back home to their cointry and leave the business to Africans. They are not investing anything, the benefit to the locals are very minimum.

No Africans can go be an investor in China or any other Asian country for that matter. We need another Amin
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+1 #4 kabayekka 2023-11-20 06:32
Lysol Sir, the man was taking the money for the betting machines in these NRM millionaires Casinos in Kampala!

You know in the news of the Bank of Uganda what is going on with the money laundering in this poor African country!

If he was going to bank the money, the bank would have given him their expensive UPDF security assistance!
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0 #5 kabayekka 2023-11-20 13:43
Most young African people do not know the rich history of China's money making with Taiwan and Singapore.

The economic catalysts that forced China to start singing communism and socialism!

It ended up into bloody civil wars. Unfortunately nowadays in Communist China there are over 4 million dollars-millionaires or Uganda shillings-trillionares!
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0 #6 kabayekka 2023-11-20 15:27
It was a bloody civil war between the have not and the have!
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0 #7 Odongo Richard Otim 2023-11-20 16:13
Akao, It's not the problems of the Chinese but it's the African Leaders, which have been fighting in their Country in Civil Wars, that why they didn't do any investments to train enough manpower and buy equipments to construct Roads, meanwhile China being a very poor Country with water everywhere without good farmland used technology, to reclaim there lands, produced more crops and built many industries to provide more food and employ their Citizens and also buy many Construction equipments or even manufacture them.

They formed many Construction Companies who are transversing all Africa and other part of the World doing Construction work without failing to get these Contracts. So leave Chinese a lone, Africans are drunkards, womanizers and war mongers and so can't concentrate on anything.
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0 #8 Lakwena 2023-11-21 07:24
In other words, unless these Chinese are such dumb asses, such amount of money in cash (Dollar), ferried on borders, must be some of the dirty ones being taken for laundry.

Besides, there must be insiders to alert the Motorcycle Gang, as to when and the whereabouts to pounce on their victims.

Ni how ma?
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+1 #9 Ansekesa James 2023-11-21 11:05
So leave Chinese a lone, Africans are drunkards, womanizers and war mongers and so can't concentrate on anything.
[quote name="Odongo Richard Otim

They formed many Construction Companies who are transversing all Africa and other part of the World doing Construction work without failing to get these Contracts. So leave Chinese a lone, Africans are drunkards, womanizers and war mongers and so can't concentrate on anything.

Mr Odongo Sir,
Your last paragraph in your post refers to Ugandans because no one cracks the whip on thieves including those caught red-handed like those who stole iron sheets meant for Karamoja poor, and the one who stole Lubowa Hospital.

Soon an airport will be stolen in Uganda !
ONLY A FOOL would rise up to say that the Western Countries are responsible for the failure of African countries such as this one..
Wachireeba mbweenu Odongo????
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0 #10 kabayekka 2023-11-22 16:48
Odongo seems to be like some of these Africans who think that by the Chinese having come to Africa, Africans can be taught to cook and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.

That, since the Chinese can formulate noodles as a quick meal to eat, Africans will be able to eat a free meal and start to develop their countries.

Mbu abatukulembera wano mu Africa batugamba bwetutayige kwogera olulimi olu China tujja kufa enjala nobwavu?
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