Police asks Mobile Money Agents to Hire Armed Guards as an attack on them by robbers intensifies.
Mobile Money agents have been advised to get professional armed guards to protect their lives and watch over their businesses as murder cases involving Mobile Money agents escalates.
Patrick Onyango, Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, yesterday on Sunday 30 June 2019, said that many of these agents move huge sums of money without any protection and this puts their lives in danger.
“Attackers have been using this security lapse to waylay mobile money agents and rob their money. Mobile Money agents should not carry large sums of money home without armed protection especially at night,” Onyango said.
Onyango also said that police investigation shows that most of the agent transfer their money to the bank after accumulating large sums of money which have increased on the risk of being attacked.
“We have advised money agents to bank small amounts of cash in intervals before the close of the day,” said Onyango.
Chairperson of Kampala Mobile Money Dealers Association, Tom Katamba said that they would wish to hire security guards but the low profits earned limit them.
“Most of the mobile agents get between Shs200,000 and 400.000 shillings as monthly commission a month. We cannot hire an armed guard on the commission telecommunication companies to give us. Each guard is hired at 400.000 shillings a month,” Katamba said.
Katamba continued to state that, many of the agents targeted have various branches in different areas. So they move around collecting money and they end up being victims.
“Maybe those who can afford security guards,” Katamba added.
He, however, said that many of these agents cannot hire guards due to low profits earned.
Police recover seven (7) guns belonging to security agencies at every operation they conduct around Kampala city, and some of the suspects involved belong to security companies.
Mobile Money Agents attacks are on a rise today, and according to reports more than 37 cases have been reported since January 2019.
At least Five people died of gunshots and dozens sustained injuries following Mobile Money attacks around Kampala Metropolitan area in the last three months.