Revealed!! How Ugandan MPs were robbed in S.A
By Serestino Tusingwire
On August 25, 2016, four Ugandan MPs were reportedly robbed as soon as reached South Africa on the official visit.
These MPs were reportedly robbed at the reception of KariBou-Inn Guest House in the city suburb of Johannesburg.
The robbed MPs were; Robert Migadde of Buvuma Islands, Santa Alum Ogwang, the Oyam Woman MP, Francis Gonahasa, the Kabweri county MP, and Patrick Isiagi, the Kachumbala county MP.
They arrived at the airport at 8:00pm, boarded a hotel bus which took them straight to KariBou-Inn Guest House but were left speechless within a second when they arrived at the reception.
Oyam district woman MP Santa Alum Ogwang, one of the victims narrates the whole story as it went.
“When we arrived at the airport, the hotel people came for us. We boarded a hotel bus and when we reached, the hotel gate was opened immediately; some men came from nowhere and surrounded us,” she narrated
According to Ogwang, when they were surrounded, they thought these men had come to welcome them but in actual sense they were robbers.
“We were all smiles thinking that’s how South Africans ritually welcome visitors, but our faces turned nervous within a second when these men pointed guns at us,”
“They put us at gun-point and picked everything from us: The bags, the suitcases, including the passports – everything,” she said.
Hon. Ogwang believes the hotel connived with these armed robbers to rob them of everything they had including the wedding ring.
They returned to Uganda the following day and left the matters with the Uganda Embassy in S.A.
In July this year, legislators from Namibia and Senegal, who were travelling from OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg to their hotels in Midrand, Johannesburg, were attacked and robbed, while one of them Hon. Aissatou Sow Diawara was shot and injured as she tried to protect her handbag.