We need improved systems when paying for goods and services in our country. Most of the payment transactions in this country happen outside of the banking system, there is a lot of holding cash to be able to transact. Big business transactions like sale of land, car, property and other transactions that involve large sums of money, happen in people’s houses while others happen in some small restaurants or kiosks, in cars, trees etc. with no third parties like banks, or trusted people being involved.
As a result we have had lives lost to in our communities because of unscrupulous people. The people you are going to pay instead killed you. Because they are aware of the business deal and the amount of money involved, they organise to take the money, after which they kill you to remove any evidence. They remain with item that was to be sold but also take the money.
Such things happen a lot, a man bought a tipper for over 50m, he made a 70% down payment and the day he called to pay the final instalment, he was seized long the way, killed and took all the money, it was later discovered that the killing was related to the sale. This means the sellers remained with all the money, and the Tipper they were selling to him. Another case is that of a woman who was selling her bricks, she received a call from the buyers she went and never returned and many more others have lost their lives.
We would like to call upon all Ugandans to always ensure that they involve third parties especially when carrying out big business transactions, where possible let’s try to open up bank accounts and stop carrying big sums of money, if the transaction you are carrying out is legal, put it in the light. We could save some one’s life.