Link Bus Company Limited and its buses are neither getting out of news headlines nor their woes at least for now.
After one of its buses was involved in an accident in Fort Portal that has since claimed the lives of 23 people, another one caught fire on Wednesday morning at Wakaliga traffic lights in Nateete.
Less than 24 hours later,passengers travelling in a bus owned by the same company from Kampala to Fortpotal were put at gunpoint and robbed of their belongings on the Mityana Highway.
According to Racheal Kawala, the spokesperson for Wamala regional police, the aggravated robbery took place at Bamujugu swamp, a border between Mityana and Kassanda districts in the wee hours of Friday.
“The territorial police in Mityana is investigating an incident of aggravated robbery by unknown gunmen which occurred at about 200am in the wee hours of Friday 20/05/2022,” Kawala said.
So far, Kawala said preliminary findings have shown that the bus registration number UBG 423 G belonging to link bus services, left Bundibugyo town for Kampala at about 7PM on Thursday with 65 passengers on board.
However, upon reaching Bamujugu swamp, they met an illegal roadblock of about ten people armed with two guns, sticks and hammers who intercepted them and ordered the passengers to move out of the bus and lie down on the road along Mityana_ Kampala highway.
“The passengers were robbed of unspecified amounts of money, and phones among other belongings, while those that resisted were beaten,” she said.
After robbing them clean of their items, Kawala revealed that the passengers were ordered back to the bus. “We were informed and rushed to the scene of the crime.
However, the suspects had fled the scene. Efforts are underway to have guns recovered and the suspects arrested and brought to book,” Kawala said.
She said the police remain committed to protecting all Ugandans and ensuring their safety.
She also appealed to anyone with information that can lead security to the arrest of the suspects to reach them on 0714667834 or report to any nearby police.