25 cases of kidnap reported in three months

Monday May 21 2018
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RIP. Susan Magara. FILE PHOTO

Twenty-five reports of kidnap have been recorded by police over the last three months.

There have been several cases of kidnap.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the trend overshot after the infamous kidnap of Suzan Magara, a 28-year-old cashier, whose body was found on the Southern Bypass in Wakiso District after 20 days in captivity.

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Another woman arrested for faking own kidnap

Monday May 21 2018

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A 27-year-old woman has been arrested in Kampala for allegedly faking her own kidnap over accumulated debts.
Police say Grace Kyosimire was arrested by Katwe police.
“She had huge debts. She wanted to settle from the ransom her family would pay,” reads part of the police statement issued by Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire.
Kyosimire reportedly disappeared from home and started sending messages to her family using her phone claiming that she was in the hands of kidnappers.

The family was asked to pay Shs4 million ransom lest she would be killed.
“Unfortunately for her, Kyosimire's plan didn't come through, choosing to change plan and claim she had been killed, asking the family to send money for transporting the body. The family immediately reported a case at Katwe Police Station and using her close friend, Kyosimire was arrested,” added Mr Owoyesigire.

How she was arrested
Her close friend (name withheld) was asked to call her and fix a lunch appointment at a restaurant located at Mega Standard Supermarket, to which she agreed and was eventually arrested.
She is currently detained at Katwe Police on charges of demanding money by menaces.

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  • Watch your back: Anyone can be kidnapped

    Friday May 18 2018

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    In the last couple of weeks there have been stories reported in the media of a woman kidnapped and the abductors demanding for (money) ransom from the families of respective victims.
    Ideally, upon receiving the money, the kidnappers are supposed to release the victim but, as seen of late, the captors are resorting to keeping the funds as well as murdering their captives.
    Some of these kidnappers even go to extremes of demanding for more money before releasing the bodies of victims.
    Such incidents continue to grip the nation as nationals continue leaving under tension.

    Anybody can be kidnapped
    And unlike in the past decades where many of the victims were children, today, the story is different. Anybody regardless of their age and sex can be kidnapped says Freddie David Egesa, a private investigator with Absolute Guard Services and Investigators Ltd.
    “Everyone is a potential candidate. It does not even matter if you are young or old,” he says.
    Most kidnaps are masterminded by the unusual people, some of whom could even be lovers, relatives or business associates.
    “It is in very unlikely circumstances that a kidnapper will capture a person they barely know. How will they know your worth? These people are smart. They will want to detain someone whose value they know,” Egesa says.

    If the kidnap was not masterminded by people desperate for money, Egesa says some of the kidnappers do it as a way of settling a score with the victim or avenging their respective families.
    “But either way, when someone is captured, their survival chances are about 15 percent. The kidnappers are always uncomfortable freeing their victims who may return to narrate the ordeal, hence, increasing their chances of getting caught,” Egesa notes.

    But even with such a small percentage, victims and their respective families need to keep the hope alive.
    According to Emmanuel Ssekidde, a psychiatrist clinical officer working at Serenity Center along Entebbe Road, some of the captors are not in the right state of mind;
    “They may have abnormal personality or mental disorders like depression, mood swings or social withdrawal that may propel them to do commit particular crimes in society,” he says adding that there are those that are sadists and simply enjoy inflicting pain onto other people. Ssekidde urges authorities to subject suspects to psychiatrist evaluation to find out whether they are in the right state of mind or not.

    What does the victim do when kidnapped?
    A former kidnapped victim who spoke to Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity says she was kidnapped at the age of 23 years while at the university. She was held for a week.

    The reason the now 29 year old believes she survived getting killed was because she cooperated with the two captives.
    “They wanted an amount of Shs10 million from my family. Deep down, I knew that if I disobeyed them, they would end my life. So, I did exactly as told,” she says, adding, “I listened to instructors carefully and made the phone calls as told,”
    It was her cooperativeness that saw her being freed by her captors as well as allowed to take a bath. The businesswoman however declines to respond to the question on whether her captives raped her or not.

    After the captives received their ransom, she was lucky they released her. Despite gaining her freedom, she became depressed and was forced to undergo professional counselling to help her come to terms with the ordeal. Besides cooperation, Egesa says if the victims also see the smallest window of opportunity of escaping from their captors, they should use it.
    “If you even get the slightest chance to kill this kidnapper, go ahead and do it. Whether it means hitting or stabbing them. Don’t hesitate or fear. This is your life we are talking about which most times they never spare,” he says.

    Similarly, Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson says when one is attacked for a possible kidnap, it is important that they defend themselves. “I have known of cases where these things (pepper sprays) have saved people from being harmed,” he says.
    Besides using pepper sprays, Egesa gives the other options of biting, kicking or hitting the kidnapper with a blow. (where can one get pepper spray?)

    But most importantly, Owoyesigyire says it is important for people to know their area police stations and dial codes especially if they can be able to make the call or run to police in case they’ve sensed danger. In a new development, police has also launched a mobile phone application, UPF Mobi, which among other things people can use to report missing people.

    What the family members should do in case of a kidnap?
    Whenever a loved one goes missing especially during the first 24 hours, it is important that concerned parties first cross check with other family members, relatives and friends.
    “Make calls, send messages and utilise social media mostly Facebook to make announcements,” advises Egesa.
    If no one has seen the person, then, proceed and report to the nearest police station.

    In circumstances where the kidnappers deal directly with families of victims, Egesa says it is important they continue involving police underground.
    “ Kidnappers hate police and that is why many times they send a strong warning to families not to involve them,” Egesa says, adding, “ But my advice is, please involve law enforcement officers because they know how exactly the criminal minds of these kidnappers operate.”
    As families of victims negotiate with kidnappers, Egesa emphasises that the police should also be alerted of the situation at hand.

    Dealing with Grief
    When the worst happens though, families usually have to forge a way forward, Gladys Ananura, a counselling psychologist at Care Couselling Centre says that deaths that occur from kidnaps are always surrounded with mysteries, which always makes it difficult for families of victims to cope; “What even makes it worse is that the media often comes up with new information related to the deaths which traumatises these families more.”

    Ananura says that it is important for media to be responsible in their reporting when it comes to these kidnap cases while on the other hand affected families, if it helps, should stay away from such media content as they grieve.
    She however insists that families that have lost loved ones in these kidnap incidents, get exposed to the actual truth of why the person was killed as a way of coming to terms with the death.

    FIGHTING THE CRIME
    Fighting the crime According to a 2017 police report, 27 kidnap cases were reported that year, and of that number, one was found dead and at least 15 were rescued alive while eight are still missing.
    However, another record by the now disbanded Police Flying Squad looks at kidnaps in the period of three years noting that 48 people have been kidnapped, 26 were found alive while 8 were found dead and other eight were cases of self-kidnap.
    It’s not known if all the 8 dead over the three years a ransom was asked for.

    As of 2017, at least 27 suspects have been arrested with 16 charged and 11 under inquiry.
    But even when most of the pronounced victims are female there is a number of babies and men with the most recent being that of Abel Katende that was kidnapped, murdered and his body dumped in a pit latrine.
    Some victims have been discovered with their bodies mutilated though Egesa says that sometimes these are only tricks master minders use to mislead investigators that one was killed for sorcery.

    While others resort to rape to complicate the case; for instance, in May, when Elizabeth Nakato, 32, was killed, it was discovered suspects had resolved to having sex with her body to mislead the investigations.
    Three suspects including her brother were later arrested and believed to have harboured intentions to take her three plots of

    Emergency numbers to call
    999 as the immediate helpline
    0800199399 for joint security command
    0800122291 for the emergency response unit.

    Be on your guard
    • Avoid moving alone especially late in the night.
    • Stay away from areas that have dark spots.
    • Make it a point to know the nearest police post to your home.
    • 999 is the easiest emergency number you should always call.
    • Be cautious about any suspicious looking people around you.
    • Ensure that at least one other person knows where you are at all times.

  • School matron, cyclist arrested over kidnap, murder of Makindye woman

    Wednesday May 16 2018

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    KAMPALA. A school matron and boda boda cyclist have been arrested in connection with the kidnap, rape and murder of a woman whose body was found dumped at Kabaawo Zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala City.
    Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Ssabagabo, Wakiso District, was strangled by her kidnappers who thereafter demanded a ransom of Shs5m from her relatives. The relatives paid Shs3m, which they sent electronically.
    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said Khasifa Nyakaisiki, a matron at a school in Kyengera and Richard Ndawula, a boda boda cyclist are detained at Special Investigations Division at Kireka, Wakiso District.
    “The matron was tracked because some of the ransom money was wired on her mobile phone number. When she was arrested, she led us to Ndawula whom she said he masterminded the ploy,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

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    Kidnappers demand money for girl’s body

    Wednesday May 16 2018

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    MASAKA. Yet another kidnap, killing of a young girl and grieving parents. Except this time, the police authorities at Old Kampala reportedly asked the father of the 17-year-old girl, kidnapped last week, to buy fuel so as to speed up investigations.

    But police spokesperson Emillian Kayima yesterday said he has cross-checked the claims with officers at Old Kampala Police Station who have dismissed the allegations as baseless.
    The girl is now feared dead with her kidnappers sending mixed signals about her being alive or dead.

    Mr Fred Kasagga, a resident of Kigo, Villa-Maria in Kalungu District, is the father of Rose Nakisekka, who is said to have been killed after her family failed to raise Shs5m the kidnappers demanded.

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    Pastor arrested over teenager kidnapped at taxi park

    Wednesday May 09 2018

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    Kampala. A born-again pastor and three others have been arrested over the murder of a 19-year-old girl Brinah Nalule who was kidnapped from Kampala Old Taxi Park on Sunday night.
    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire identified the pastor as Ronald Wambuzi who runs a church in Namwezi, Mbikko in Buikwe District. The pastor is detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
    “We have the pastor in our custody because he is one of the last people who were seen with this girl. The information we have gathered indicates he spent some time with her and he is helping us in investigations,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

    The girl’s father, Mr Godfrey Kasozi, yesterday said police informed him that they had arrested three more suspects, but Mr Owoyesigire could not deny or confirm the arrests.
    He only said investigations were progressing well.
    Mr Owoyesigire said police arrested Wambuzi on Tuesday after information indicated he had been with Nalule hours before her kidnap.

    Involvement
    “The pastor confirmed to us that he was called by the kidnappers and he decided to inform the girl’s parents because he knows them. He denied involvement in the events that led to Nalule’s death,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

    Nalule, a student of YMCA Buwambo campus in Wakiso District, was kidnapped on Sunday and later murdered when her parents did not pay the Shs10m ransom the killers had demanded.
    The kidnappers first used her mobile phone to demand the ransom which the parents could not raise in two days.
    Nalule’s body was recovered in Kibaawo Zone, Mutundwe in Lubaga Division, Kampala.
    Her body was identified by her parents at Mulago hospital mortuary on Tuesday. Her tongue and private parts had been cut off by the killers.

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    Farewell. Mourners led by a priest (centre) bury the remains of Brinah Nalule in Bunyumya Village, Kayunga Sub-county, Kayunga District, yesterday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA


    Police sources said the medical examination showed Nalule was raped severally before she was strangled.

    Mr Owoyesigire said the killers on Wednesday used another phone to ask her father to refund the money they had used to kidnap his daughter.
    Nalule’s mother, Ms Faridah Kobusingye, said the kidnappers called past midnight demanding Shs10m, but they did not readily have the money.
    “I pleaded with them to give us time since we did not have the money that night. They refused. At 4:30am, they called and put my daughter on phone.
    She said the suspects had prepared machetes they were to use to kill her.
    She also said a polythene bag had also been set aside in which her body was to be put,” Ms Kobusingye recounted.

    The mother said she pleaded with them that the money would be sent.
    “We made several calls and we were able to get only Shs3m. When they called, they said they wanted more money lest our daughter be killed,” she narrated, adding that that was the last time they heard their daughter alive.

    The deceased’s brother, Mr Yasser Kisule, said during the phone negotiations, police officers tracked and discovered the negotiator was at the Old Taxi Park in Kampala and the CCTV footage showed the suspect was dressed in a red shirt and black trouser, but was not with the victim.
    “We do not know why the police didn’t arrest him,” Mr Kisule said.
    Mr Kasozi said his daughter was living in a hostel at campus in Buwambo but was enticed by pastor Wambuzi who sent her Shs25,000 for transport to his home in Mbikko last Friday.
    Pastor Wambuzi had reportedly stayed with the girl at his home for two days before the kidnap.

    Informant
    Mr Kasozi said it was Mr Wambuzi who first informed him of his daughter’s kidnap.
    He said wondered why the kidnappers called the pastor first instead of him.
    Mr Kasozi said when he inquired from the pastor’s neighbours, they told him Nalule and Wambuzi had been together for two days.
    “I got to know the pastor when I learnt that he was sexually disturbing my girl who was then in Senior Two. I reported a case at Nakibizzi Police Station but I was not helped. When he told me that my daughter had been kidnapped, I knew he had done something wrong to my child,” Mr Kasozi told Daily Monitor.

    He said he asked pastor Wambuzi to accompany him to Kampala Central Police Station where they reported a case of missing person.

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    Sad. Nalule’s father Godfrey Kasozi at the burial in Kayunga.


    Mr Kasozi said he told police that neighbours had confirmed seeing the pastor with Nalule on the day of the kidnap. Police interrogated Wambuzi, who according to Mr Owoyesigire, admitted to having been with the girl but denied knowledge about her kidnap and eventual murder.
    Nalule is said to have left pastor Wambuzi’s home at 2pm with Shs70,000 as pocket money but was kidnapped by at the Old Taxi Park as she went to board a taxi back to her hostel.

    Cases of kidnap this year

    January 2: Francis Ekalungar Case Hospital accountant is kidnapped and his body is recovered two days later dumped in Kajjansi on Entebbe Road burnt beyond recognition.
    February 7: Susan Magara is kidnapped on February7 and spends 20 days in hands of criminals before her body is found dumped on February 27 at Kigo on Entebbe Expressway.
    March 31: Two brothers are arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-year-old girl, Resty Kahunde, a daughter of Ms Beatrice Kahunde and Mr Samuel Mugenyi.

    March 24: Charity Kyohirwe, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, is kidnapped and found killed after missing for a few days. Police said she was allegedly kidnapped and killed in a mission masterminded by her husband.
    March 19: Aramazan Kibirige, a resident of Kagoma in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, is kidnapped and killed when he was going to buy hardware items worth Shs73m.

    April 14: Police arrest five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District. The suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.
    April 27: Abel Katende is kidnapped from his Masuulita home and his body retrieved in a pit-latrine a week later.

    April 5: Elizabeth Nakato is kidnapped and killed on April 5 by her relatives. Her body is found dumped in Matugga at the border of Wakiso and Luweero districts.
    May 7: Businessman Saaka Kafeero is kidnapped as he heads to Mukono Municipality to bank some money. He was killed and his body was found dumped by the roadside in Kira Municipality.

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    He says the kidnappers told his brother they had already killed the daughter, saying they delayed sending them money.
    “They again called saying they had nowhere to keep the body, threatening to drop it in a place which I can’t easily trace,” Mr Kasagga says.

    But, the kidnappers told him that if he sends them another Shs150,000, they would drop the girl’s body on any road within the city centre where the family can easily locate it.
    Mr Kasagga says he did just as the kidnappers demanded and sent the money on the same telephone number, which he later learnt was registered in the name of a one Christine Namataka, not his daughter’s name.

    How it started
    Mr Kasagga told Daily Monitor yesterday that at about 3am, last Thursday night, he was jerked out of deep sleep by a phone call.

    He wondered who could be calling at such an odd hour. The puzzle deepened as the caller’s number was not in his phone contacts.
    The caller did not say much except to announce that his daughter, Nakisekka, had been kidnapped.

    “Hello...Your daughter has called informing me that she has been kidnapped and doesn’t know where she is right now,” the unknown caller told Mr Kasagga.
    He says the caller who later identified himself as Nicolas Kawuma, told him that he had gone to report the case at Kampala Central Police Station.

    “I quickly called my brother in- law, Mr Gerald Mbidde, who stays in Nateete, requesting him to go and liaise with Mr Kawuma who was at that time at the Central Police Station.

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    Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
    Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

    Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

    The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
    He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

    After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
    They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

    Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

    She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

    According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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    Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

    Tuesday February 27 2018

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    Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
    The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

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    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
    "It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

    In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
    Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
    It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

    More details to follow..........

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    Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

    Monday March 26 2018

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    Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
    The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

    The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

    Cause of death
    “The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
    Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
    The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

    According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
    The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
    A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

    Warned
    The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
    However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
    The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

    It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
    A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
    “Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
    The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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    “But as I struggled to get to terms with the shocking news, I received another phone call, still from unknown people who used my daughter’s known telephone number,” Mr Kasagga says.

    These strangers, according to Kasagga, asked him if he knew the telephone number they had used.
    “I quickly responded, that it was my daughter’s. They immediately told me they have kidnapped her and wanted Shs5 million in ransom or else they kill her,” he says.

    Perplexed, Mr Kasagga told them he had in his life never raised such an amount of money, as he pleaded for a lesser amount. The kidnappers quickly cut down their demand to Shs3 million, which he still couldn’t afford. He pleaded with them and was told to send them Shs1 million through mobile money to save his daughter’s head.

    Amid tension, the father made more frantic calls to relatives and by 8am on Friday, he had raised Shs500,000 which he later sent to the kidnappers.
    He then left his home for Kampala on Saturday to join his brother-in-law, who told him that officers at Kampala Central Police Station had referred him to Old Kampala Police Station.

    As he recorded his statement at Old Kampala Police Station, the kidnappers called him again requesting for the balance of Shs500,000, which he quickly raised from his relatives and again sent via mobile money on the same phone number owned by his daughter.
    “The kidnappers told me that I should wait for their call and direct me where they would drop my daughter, but warned me to reach there in time and take her to the hospital, because they had given her a lot of chloroform,” Mr Kasagga says.

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    Man fakes own kidnap to pocket bride price cash

    Monday April 30 2018

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    Kampala. Police have arrested a man who allegedly faked a kidnap to extort money from his parents, who had earlier got it as a bride price after giving away their daughter.
    Mr Emmanuel Nkurunziza went missing on April 24, and hours later, someone using his (Nkurunziza) mobile phone called the suspected victim’s parents demanding a Shs5 million ransom or harm him.
    The Kisoro District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Ssekalema, said Nkurunziza’s family members told the suspected kidnappers that they did not have the sum of money demanded.

    “The alleged kidnappers reduced the ransom to Shs1 million, but Nkurunziza’s relatives again refused to send the money insisting that they did not have any coin on them,” Mr Ssekalema said yesterday.

    The alleged kidnappers’ bargain again went to Shs500,000, but the suspected victim’s relatives did not relent.
    Mr Ssekalema said after three days, Nkurunziza appeared at Kisoro Police Station claiming that he had been dropped by kidnappers by the roadside.
    “Police officers allowed him to record a statement and left him go home as investigations continued. Later, we found out that he was not telling the truth, we arrested him at his home,” he said.

    Cross examination
    Police interrogated him on how he was kidnapped and what he went through but failed to cover up the gaps in the first statement he recorded.
    The suspect later told detectives that he faked the kidnap-for ransom because he has three loans from three different micro-finance institutions he has failed to service.
    He confessed that he wanted to get a ransom from his parents to offset them.

    “The suspect said he knew that his parents had money because they had just received a bride price,” Mr Ssekalema said.
    He added that they have preferred charges of giving false information to public officers against the suspect.

    Past fake kidnaps

    Ansimire. Last week, Peace Ansimire, 19, a daughter of Reverend Fred Muhwezi, allegedly connived with her boyfriend to get a Shs3.5 million ransom from her parents. They were both arrested and they said they wanted to use the money to start a business.

    Uwase. Two weeks ago, Mariam Uwase, 21, staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting Shs25 million from her boyfriend.

    Tracking. Flying Squad operatives used a Shs700,000 bait to track the suspects and the signal led them to an apartment where she was peacefully staying.

    Others. Three similar incidents have been reported in western Uganda in the last one month.

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    However, he waited for their call in vain and also tried to call them without success.
    “We kept waiting until Saturday around 11am when they called again requesting for more money (Shs500,000). But my brother, who received the phone call, told them that I had panic attack and had suffered pressure and had been rushed to hospital, but I was listening to it all,” Mr Kasagga says.

    By press time, the family had not heard from the kidnappers as their telephone number remained inaccessible. But for three days now, family members and other mourners have camped at Kasagga’s ancestral home in Nakagongo village, Mateete sub-county, Sembabule District, for a vigil.
    The body hasn’t been located yet.

    The issue
    Fear. Mr Fred Kasagga fears his daughter could have been killed by the kidnappers.
    Ransom money. He says the kidnappers initially demanded Shs5m. He could only mobilise Shs1m from relatives and friends.
    Agonised. But for three days now, family members and other mourners have camped at Kasagga’s ancestral home in Nakagongo Village, Mateete sub-county, Sembabule District, for a vigil.

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    Nyakaisiki, who is married, is said to have had an extramarital affair with Ndawula, who confided in her the kidnap deal.
    It is alleged that Ndawula and another boda boda cyclist, who is currently on the run, kidnapped Kyohirwe on the night of March 23 as she returned from prayers.

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    Pregnant woman killed two months after surviving an attack by unknown assailants

    Wednesday May 16 2018

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    Police in Gomba District are investigating circumstances under which a 19-year-old pregnant woman was killed at Bukandula village, Kabulasoke Sub-County.
    Sheikh Musa Kayongo, the village chairman identified the deceased as Amina Nabukeera, the daughter of Mr Abdu Yiga, the chairperson of Ssaali village in Bukandula parish.
    Sheikh Kayongo said she was eight months pregnant.

    According to the chairman, Nabukeera was attacked and killed near Bukandula Church of Uganda Primary School, about one kilometre away from their home.
    She had reportedly been married for about a year.
    “I and my wife were heading to the trading centre at about 8pm to buy some household items when she was attacked. I was moving ahead of her when I heard a scuffle behind me. On turning my head, I saw the assailant hitting my wife with a hammer on the head, cut off her right ear and the jaw with a panga before running away. I was too frightened and helpless to fight for my wife,” Mr Arafat Kabuubi, the deceased’s husband told this reporter.

    “I made an alarm to alert residents but it was too late to save her. She died as we were trying to get a motorcycle to rush her to the nearest health centre,” he added.
    Mr Joseph Katabalwa, a resident said this was the second time Nabukeera was being attacked this year.

    “In March this year, the attacker hit her an object on the head but fortunately, she survived after getting treatment in a private clinic in the area. She was attacked in the toilet but God was on her side, she did not die,” Mr Katabalwa said.
    Mr Abdu Kyabangi, former Gomba District chairperson and a resident in Nabukeera’s village tasked police to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the culprits to book.

    “We are living in fear. We don’t know who the murderers are but I think police should start patrolling the villages instead of sitting in their offices. Let them be in the field every time and making day and night patrols. I wonder why there are many gamblers, drunkards in the village yet they are not arrested. These are the criminals!” Mr Kyabangi said.
    A resident who preferred not to be named in this story for fear of retribution said there have been long-standing disagreements between Nabukeera and her ex-boyfriend (name withheld) because she refused to marry him and instead went with another man.

    However, Mr Joseph Musana, police publicist in Katonga region said: “Let our people be calm because we are handling the situation. We are investigating the matter and the culprit shall be apprehended soon.”
    Nabukeera’s body was taken to Gomba Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

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    The suspects reportedly raped her and then strangled her to death because she had identified them. Both cyclists operate in Makindye where the deceased lived.
    They are alleged to have picked the deceased’s mobile phone and called her relatives demanding for a Shs5m ransom.
    Unaware of her death, Kyohirwe's family pleaded with the kidnappers to give them more time to get the money.
    The kidnappers warned the relatives against involving police.

    The relatives informed Katwe Police Station that started tracking the suspects on the victim’s phone. The kidnappers switched off the phone which made it hard for the police to track them.
    On Saturday morning, however, Kyohirwe’s body was found dumped in Rubaga Division.

    At midday, the deceased’s number was switched on and a tracking system traced it around the Old Taxi Park in Kampala and later in Kisenyi.

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    • Another woman kidnapped, killed

      Friday May 11 2018


      KAMPALA.

      Police in Kawempe are investigating the circumstances under which an unidentified woman was allegedly kidnapped on Thursday evening and eventually killed by unknown assailants.

      Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, said the body of yet to be known woman was found dumped in Kilokole Zone, in Kawempe Division, Kampala City in the wee hours of Friday morning.

      “She was found dumped dead at around 3am along the road. The scene was visited by our officers and body was taken to Mulago for postmortem.  We are investigating the circumstances under which this happened,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.

      READ: Pastor arrested over teenager kidnapped at taxi park

      Mr Owoyesigyire said police was working around the clock to identify the deceased and relatives to find out how she left home, who she was with prior to her death and what could have caused her death.

      Previous gruesome killings

      Susan Magara was kidnapped on February7 and spent 20 days in hands of criminal before her body was found dumped on February 27 at Kigo along Entebbe Expressway.

      On March 31 two brothers were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-year-old girl, Resty Kahunde, a daughter to Ms Beatrice Kahunde and Mr Samuel Mugenyi.

      On April 14, police arrested five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District. The suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.

    • Who will stop the kidnap and murder?

      Friday May 11 2018

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      The heartbreaking story of the teenager Brinah Nalule, who was kidnapped at the old Taxi Park and murdered on Sunday, is just one of many instances of increasing incidences of kidnap resulting in murder around the country in recent weeks.

      In the same space of time, the body of a 32-year-old woman was found dumped in Matugga, Wakiso District. The woman’s brother and two other people were arrested in connection with the death.

      With such alarming reports of kidnap and murder, it is beginning to seem like no one is safe anywhere.
      Criminals are still using mobile phones to demand ransom and little appears to have been done in the way of tracking them and closing the loopholes in the system.

      However, perhaps more worrying is the level of impunity involved in this criminal activity, which is at an all-time high. Criminals call families and torture them in such cruel ways and everyone seems powerless to stop the nightmare.
      As a result, wrong elements are now emboldened to commit crime because the system is broken.

      Either there are not enough measures in place to deter criminals or the stakes are high enough to motivate those willing to commit crime.

      Since the year began, at least nine cases of kidnap have been recorded. In these instances, 80 per cent of the kidnap victims did not make it out alive, in spite of police efforts and families attempting to pay kidnappers.

      Besides what appears to be the pursuit of quick monetary gains by some unscrupulous people, land wrangles are coming up as one of the leading causes of strife and crime. Increasingly, the land quarrels are among family members.
      Perhaps special attention needs to be given to this emerging phenomenon by strengthening the capacity of family arbitration structures such as the family units based at police stations.
      When under threat, family members need to know that there is a place they can report an escalating threat to life and property.

      In the meantime, the police needs to show progress in fighting this trend of crime; whether in terms of concluded cases leading to convictions or establishing systems to detect and prevent crimes.
      Without this kind of commitment on the part of the law enforcement agencies it would seem that we have thrown our hands up and allowed the criminals to take over.

    • Pastor arrested over teenager kidnapped at taxi park

      Wednesday May 09 2018

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      Kampala. A born-again pastor and three others have been arrested over the murder of a 19-year-old girl Brinah Nalule who was kidnapped from Kampala Old Taxi Park on Sunday night.
      Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire identified the pastor as Ronald Wambuzi who runs a church in Namwezi, Mbikko in Buikwe District. The pastor is detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
      “We have the pastor in our custody because he is one of the last people who were seen with this girl. The information we have gathered indicates he spent some time with her and he is helping us in investigations,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

      The girl’s father, Mr Godfrey Kasozi, yesterday said police informed him that they had arrested three more suspects, but Mr Owoyesigire could not deny or confirm the arrests.
      He only said investigations were progressing well.
      Mr Owoyesigire said police arrested Wambuzi on Tuesday after information indicated he had been with Nalule hours before her kidnap.

      Involvement
      “The pastor confirmed to us that he was called by the kidnappers and he decided to inform the girl’s parents because he knows them. He denied involvement in the events that led to Nalule’s death,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

      Nalule, a student of YMCA Buwambo campus in Wakiso District, was kidnapped on Sunday and later murdered when her parents did not pay the Shs10m ransom the killers had demanded.
      The kidnappers first used her mobile phone to demand the ransom which the parents could not raise in two days.
      Nalule’s body was recovered in Kibaawo Zone, Mutundwe in Lubaga Division, Kampala.
      Her body was identified by her parents at Mulago hospital mortuary on Tuesday. Her tongue and private parts had been cut off by the killers.

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      Farewell. Mourners led by a priest (centre) bury the remains of Brinah Nalule in Bunyumya Village, Kayunga Sub-county, Kayunga District, yesterday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA


      Police sources said the medical examination showed Nalule was raped severally before she was strangled.

      Mr Owoyesigire said the killers on Wednesday used another phone to ask her father to refund the money they had used to kidnap his daughter.
      Nalule’s mother, Ms Faridah Kobusingye, said the kidnappers called past midnight demanding Shs10m, but they did not readily have the money.
      “I pleaded with them to give us time since we did not have the money that night. They refused. At 4:30am, they called and put my daughter on phone.
      She said the suspects had prepared machetes they were to use to kill her.
      She also said a polythene bag had also been set aside in which her body was to be put,” Ms Kobusingye recounted.

      The mother said she pleaded with them that the money would be sent.
      “We made several calls and we were able to get only Shs3m. When they called, they said they wanted more money lest our daughter be killed,” she narrated, adding that that was the last time they heard their daughter alive.

      The deceased’s brother, Mr Yasser Kisule, said during the phone negotiations, police officers tracked and discovered the negotiator was at the Old Taxi Park in Kampala and the CCTV footage showed the suspect was dressed in a red shirt and black trouser, but was not with the victim.
      “We do not know why the police didn’t arrest him,” Mr Kisule said.
      Mr Kasozi said his daughter was living in a hostel at campus in Buwambo but was enticed by pastor Wambuzi who sent her Shs25,000 for transport to his home in Mbikko last Friday.
      Pastor Wambuzi had reportedly stayed with the girl at his home for two days before the kidnap.

      Informant
      Mr Kasozi said it was Mr Wambuzi who first informed him of his daughter’s kidnap.
      He said wondered why the kidnappers called the pastor first instead of him.
      Mr Kasozi said when he inquired from the pastor’s neighbours, they told him Nalule and Wambuzi had been together for two days.
      “I got to know the pastor when I learnt that he was sexually disturbing my girl who was then in Senior Two. I reported a case at Nakibizzi Police Station but I was not helped. When he told me that my daughter had been kidnapped, I knew he had done something wrong to my child,” Mr Kasozi told Daily Monitor.

      He said he asked pastor Wambuzi to accompany him to Kampala Central Police Station where they reported a case of missing person.

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      Sad. Nalule’s father Godfrey Kasozi at the burial in Kayunga.


      Mr Kasozi said he told police that neighbours had confirmed seeing the pastor with Nalule on the day of the kidnap. Police interrogated Wambuzi, who according to Mr Owoyesigire, admitted to having been with the girl but denied knowledge about her kidnap and eventual murder.
      Nalule is said to have left pastor Wambuzi’s home at 2pm with Shs70,000 as pocket money but was kidnapped by at the Old Taxi Park as she went to board a taxi back to her hostel.

      Cases of kidnap this year

      January 2: Francis Ekalungar Case Hospital accountant is kidnapped and his body is recovered two days later dumped in Kajjansi on Entebbe Road burnt beyond recognition.
      February 7: Susan Magara is kidnapped on February7 and spends 20 days in hands of criminals before her body is found dumped on February 27 at Kigo on Entebbe Expressway.
      March 31: Two brothers are arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-year-old girl, Resty Kahunde, a daughter of Ms Beatrice Kahunde and Mr Samuel Mugenyi.

      March 24: Charity Kyohirwe, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, is kidnapped and found killed after missing for a few days. Police said she was allegedly kidnapped and killed in a mission masterminded by her husband.
      March 19: Aramazan Kibirige, a resident of Kagoma in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, is kidnapped and killed when he was going to buy hardware items worth Shs73m.

      April 14: Police arrest five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District. The suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.
      April 27: Abel Katende is kidnapped from his Masuulita home and his body retrieved in a pit-latrine a week later.

      April 5: Elizabeth Nakato is kidnapped and killed on April 5 by her relatives. Her body is found dumped in Matugga at the border of Wakiso and Luweero districts.
      May 7: Businessman Saaka Kafeero is kidnapped as he heads to Mukono Municipality to bank some money. He was killed and his body was found dumped by the roadside in Kira Municipality.

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    The detectives failed to track the suspect, who switched it off a few minutes later.
    They then embarked on tracking one Pamba whose identity card was left at the scene. Pamba was arrested, but he said his card and other properties had earlier been stolen.
    Police verified his claim and found him innocent. He was released before police started tracking Nyakaisiki’s phone which had recived part of the rasnsom money.
    Cases of kidnap and murder are on the rise in the country.

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  • Kidnappers demand money for girl’s body

    Wednesday May 16 2018

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    MASAKA. Yet another kidnap, killing of a young girl and grieving parents. Except this time, the police authorities at Old Kampala reportedly asked the father of the 17-year-old girl, kidnapped last week, to buy fuel so as to speed up investigations.

    But police spokesperson Emillian Kayima yesterday said he has cross-checked the claims with officers at Old Kampala Police Station who have dismissed the allegations as baseless.
    The girl is now feared dead with her kidnappers sending mixed signals about her being alive or dead.

    Mr Fred Kasagga, a resident of Kigo, Villa-Maria in Kalungu District, is the father of Rose Nakisekka, who is said to have been killed after her family failed to raise Shs5m the kidnappers demanded.

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    Pastor arrested over teenager kidnapped at taxi park

    Wednesday May 09 2018

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    Kampala. A born-again pastor and three others have been arrested over the murder of a 19-year-old girl Brinah Nalule who was kidnapped from Kampala Old Taxi Park on Sunday night.
    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire identified the pastor as Ronald Wambuzi who runs a church in Namwezi, Mbikko in Buikwe District. The pastor is detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
    “We have the pastor in our custody because he is one of the last people who were seen with this girl. The information we have gathered indicates he spent some time with her and he is helping us in investigations,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

    The girl’s father, Mr Godfrey Kasozi, yesterday said police informed him that they had arrested three more suspects, but Mr Owoyesigire could not deny or confirm the arrests.
    He only said investigations were progressing well.
    Mr Owoyesigire said police arrested Wambuzi on Tuesday after information indicated he had been with Nalule hours before her kidnap.

    Involvement
    “The pastor confirmed to us that he was called by the kidnappers and he decided to inform the girl’s parents because he knows them. He denied involvement in the events that led to Nalule’s death,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

    Nalule, a student of YMCA Buwambo campus in Wakiso District, was kidnapped on Sunday and later murdered when her parents did not pay the Shs10m ransom the killers had demanded.
    The kidnappers first used her mobile phone to demand the ransom which the parents could not raise in two days.
    Nalule’s body was recovered in Kibaawo Zone, Mutundwe in Lubaga Division, Kampala.
    Her body was identified by her parents at Mulago hospital mortuary on Tuesday. Her tongue and private parts had been cut off by the killers.

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    Farewell. Mourners led by a priest (centre) bury the remains of Brinah Nalule in Bunyumya Village, Kayunga Sub-county, Kayunga District, yesterday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA


    Police sources said the medical examination showed Nalule was raped severally before she was strangled.

    Mr Owoyesigire said the killers on Wednesday used another phone to ask her father to refund the money they had used to kidnap his daughter.
    Nalule’s mother, Ms Faridah Kobusingye, said the kidnappers called past midnight demanding Shs10m, but they did not readily have the money.
    “I pleaded with them to give us time since we did not have the money that night. They refused. At 4:30am, they called and put my daughter on phone.
    She said the suspects had prepared machetes they were to use to kill her.
    She also said a polythene bag had also been set aside in which her body was to be put,” Ms Kobusingye recounted.

    The mother said she pleaded with them that the money would be sent.
    “We made several calls and we were able to get only Shs3m. When they called, they said they wanted more money lest our daughter be killed,” she narrated, adding that that was the last time they heard their daughter alive.

    The deceased’s brother, Mr Yasser Kisule, said during the phone negotiations, police officers tracked and discovered the negotiator was at the Old Taxi Park in Kampala and the CCTV footage showed the suspect was dressed in a red shirt and black trouser, but was not with the victim.
    “We do not know why the police didn’t arrest him,” Mr Kisule said.
    Mr Kasozi said his daughter was living in a hostel at campus in Buwambo but was enticed by pastor Wambuzi who sent her Shs25,000 for transport to his home in Mbikko last Friday.
    Pastor Wambuzi had reportedly stayed with the girl at his home for two days before the kidnap.

    Informant
    Mr Kasozi said it was Mr Wambuzi who first informed him of his daughter’s kidnap.
    He said wondered why the kidnappers called the pastor first instead of him.
    Mr Kasozi said when he inquired from the pastor’s neighbours, they told him Nalule and Wambuzi had been together for two days.
    “I got to know the pastor when I learnt that he was sexually disturbing my girl who was then in Senior Two. I reported a case at Nakibizzi Police Station but I was not helped. When he told me that my daughter had been kidnapped, I knew he had done something wrong to my child,” Mr Kasozi told Daily Monitor.

    He said he asked pastor Wambuzi to accompany him to Kampala Central Police Station where they reported a case of missing person.

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    Sad. Nalule’s father Godfrey Kasozi at the burial in Kayunga.


    Mr Kasozi said he told police that neighbours had confirmed seeing the pastor with Nalule on the day of the kidnap. Police interrogated Wambuzi, who according to Mr Owoyesigire, admitted to having been with the girl but denied knowledge about her kidnap and eventual murder.
    Nalule is said to have left pastor Wambuzi’s home at 2pm with Shs70,000 as pocket money but was kidnapped by at the Old Taxi Park as she went to board a taxi back to her hostel.

    Cases of kidnap this year

    January 2: Francis Ekalungar Case Hospital accountant is kidnapped and his body is recovered two days later dumped in Kajjansi on Entebbe Road burnt beyond recognition.
    February 7: Susan Magara is kidnapped on February7 and spends 20 days in hands of criminals before her body is found dumped on February 27 at Kigo on Entebbe Expressway.
    March 31: Two brothers are arrested for allegedly kidnapping a four-year-old girl, Resty Kahunde, a daughter of Ms Beatrice Kahunde and Mr Samuel Mugenyi.

    March 24: Charity Kyohirwe, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, is kidnapped and found killed after missing for a few days. Police said she was allegedly kidnapped and killed in a mission masterminded by her husband.
    March 19: Aramazan Kibirige, a resident of Kagoma in Nansana Municipality, Wakiso District, is kidnapped and killed when he was going to buy hardware items worth Shs73m.

    April 14: Police arrest five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District. The suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.
    April 27: Abel Katende is kidnapped from his Masuulita home and his body retrieved in a pit-latrine a week later.

    April 5: Elizabeth Nakato is kidnapped and killed on April 5 by her relatives. Her body is found dumped in Matugga at the border of Wakiso and Luweero districts.
    May 7: Businessman Saaka Kafeero is kidnapped as he heads to Mukono Municipality to bank some money. He was killed and his body was found dumped by the roadside in Kira Municipality.

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    He says the kidnappers told his brother they had already killed the daughter, saying they delayed sending them money.
    “They again called saying they had nowhere to keep the body, threatening to drop it in a place which I can’t easily trace,” Mr Kasagga says.

    But, the kidnappers told him that if he sends them another Shs150,000, they would drop the girl’s body on any road within the city centre where the family can easily locate it.
    Mr Kasagga says he did just as the kidnappers demanded and sent the money on the same telephone number, which he later learnt was registered in the name of a one Christine Namataka, not his daughter’s name.

    How it started
    Mr Kasagga told Daily Monitor yesterday that at about 3am, last Thursday night, he was jerked out of deep sleep by a phone call.

    He wondered who could be calling at such an odd hour. The puzzle deepened as the caller’s number was not in his phone contacts.
    The caller did not say much except to announce that his daughter, Nakisekka, had been kidnapped.

    “Hello...Your daughter has called informing me that she has been kidnapped and doesn’t know where she is right now,” the unknown caller told Mr Kasagga.
    He says the caller who later identified himself as Nicolas Kawuma, told him that he had gone to report the case at Kampala Central Police Station.

    “I quickly called my brother in- law, Mr Gerald Mbidde, who stays in Nateete, requesting him to go and liaise with Mr Kawuma who was at that time at the Central Police Station.

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    Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
    Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

    Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

    The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
    He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

    After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
    They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

    Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

    She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

    According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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    Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

    Tuesday February 27 2018

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    Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
    The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

    READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
    "It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

    In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
    Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
    It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

    More details to follow..........

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    Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

    Monday March 26 2018

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    Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
    The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

    The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

    Cause of death
    “The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
    Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
    The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

    According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
    The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
    A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

    Warned
    The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
    However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
    The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

    It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
    A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
    “Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
    The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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    “But as I struggled to get to terms with the shocking news, I received another phone call, still from unknown people who used my daughter’s known telephone number,” Mr Kasagga says.

    These strangers, according to Kasagga, asked him if he knew the telephone number they had used.
    “I quickly responded, that it was my daughter’s. They immediately told me they have kidnapped her and wanted Shs5 million in ransom or else they kill her,” he says.

    Perplexed, Mr Kasagga told them he had in his life never raised such an amount of money, as he pleaded for a lesser amount. The kidnappers quickly cut down their demand to Shs3 million, which he still couldn’t afford. He pleaded with them and was told to send them Shs1 million through mobile money to save his daughter’s head.

    Amid tension, the father made more frantic calls to relatives and by 8am on Friday, he had raised Shs500,000 which he later sent to the kidnappers.
    He then left his home for Kampala on Saturday to join his brother-in-law, who told him that officers at Kampala Central Police Station had referred him to Old Kampala Police Station.

    As he recorded his statement at Old Kampala Police Station, the kidnappers called him again requesting for the balance of Shs500,000, which he quickly raised from his relatives and again sent via mobile money on the same phone number owned by his daughter.
    “The kidnappers told me that I should wait for their call and direct me where they would drop my daughter, but warned me to reach there in time and take her to the hospital, because they had given her a lot of chloroform,” Mr Kasagga says.

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    Man fakes own kidnap to pocket bride price cash

    Monday April 30 2018

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    Kampala. Police have arrested a man who allegedly faked a kidnap to extort money from his parents, who had earlier got it as a bride price after giving away their daughter.
    Mr Emmanuel Nkurunziza went missing on April 24, and hours later, someone using his (Nkurunziza) mobile phone called the suspected victim’s parents demanding a Shs5 million ransom or harm him.
    The Kisoro District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Ssekalema, said Nkurunziza’s family members told the suspected kidnappers that they did not have the sum of money demanded.

    “The alleged kidnappers reduced the ransom to Shs1 million, but Nkurunziza’s relatives again refused to send the money insisting that they did not have any coin on them,” Mr Ssekalema said yesterday.

    The alleged kidnappers’ bargain again went to Shs500,000, but the suspected victim’s relatives did not relent.
    Mr Ssekalema said after three days, Nkurunziza appeared at Kisoro Police Station claiming that he had been dropped by kidnappers by the roadside.
    “Police officers allowed him to record a statement and left him go home as investigations continued. Later, we found out that he was not telling the truth, we arrested him at his home,” he said.

    Cross examination
    Police interrogated him on how he was kidnapped and what he went through but failed to cover up the gaps in the first statement he recorded.
    The suspect later told detectives that he faked the kidnap-for ransom because he has three loans from three different micro-finance institutions he has failed to service.
    He confessed that he wanted to get a ransom from his parents to offset them.

    “The suspect said he knew that his parents had money because they had just received a bride price,” Mr Ssekalema said.
    He added that they have preferred charges of giving false information to public officers against the suspect.

    Past fake kidnaps

    Ansimire. Last week, Peace Ansimire, 19, a daughter of Reverend Fred Muhwezi, allegedly connived with her boyfriend to get a Shs3.5 million ransom from her parents. They were both arrested and they said they wanted to use the money to start a business.

    Uwase. Two weeks ago, Mariam Uwase, 21, staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting Shs25 million from her boyfriend.

    Tracking. Flying Squad operatives used a Shs700,000 bait to track the suspects and the signal led them to an apartment where she was peacefully staying.

    Others. Three similar incidents have been reported in western Uganda in the last one month.

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    However, he waited for their call in vain and also tried to call them without success.
    “We kept waiting until Saturday around 11am when they called again requesting for more money (Shs500,000). But my brother, who received the phone call, told them that I had panic attack and had suffered pressure and had been rushed to hospital, but I was listening to it all,” Mr Kasagga says.

    By press time, the family had not heard from the kidnappers as their telephone number remained inaccessible. But for three days now, family members and other mourners have camped at Kasagga’s ancestral home in Nakagongo village, Mateete sub-county, Sembabule District, for a vigil.
    The body hasn’t been located yet.

    The issue
    Fear. Mr Fred Kasagga fears his daughter could have been killed by the kidnappers.
    Ransom money. He says the kidnappers initially demanded Shs5m. He could only mobilise Shs1m from relatives and friends.
    Agonised. But for three days now, family members and other mourners have camped at Kasagga’s ancestral home in Nakagongo Village, Mateete sub-county, Sembabule District, for a vigil.

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  • Who will stop the kidnap and murder?

    Friday May 11 2018

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    The heartbreaking story of the teenager Brinah Nalule, who was kidnapped at the old Taxi Park and murdered on Sunday, is just one of many instances of increasing incidences of kidnap resulting in murder around the country in recent weeks.

    In the same space of time, the body of a 32-year-old woman was found dumped in Matugga, Wakiso District. The woman’s brother and two other people were arrested in connection with the death.

    With such alarming reports of kidnap and murder, it is beginning to seem like no one is safe anywhere.
    Criminals are still using mobile phones to demand ransom and little appears to have been done in the way of tracking them and closing the loopholes in the system.

    However, perhaps more worrying is the level of impunity involved in this criminal activity, which is at an all-time high. Criminals call families and torture them in such cruel ways and everyone seems powerless to stop the nightmare.
    As a result, wrong elements are now emboldened to commit crime because the system is broken.

    Either there are not enough measures in place to deter criminals or the stakes are high enough to motivate those willing to commit crime.

    Since the year began, at least nine cases of kidnap have been recorded. In these instances, 80 per cent of the kidnap victims did not make it out alive, in spite of police efforts and families attempting to pay kidnappers.

    Besides what appears to be the pursuit of quick monetary gains by some unscrupulous people, land wrangles are coming up as one of the leading causes of strife and crime. Increasingly, the land quarrels are among family members.
    Perhaps special attention needs to be given to this emerging phenomenon by strengthening the capacity of family arbitration structures such as the family units based at police stations.
    When under threat, family members need to know that there is a place they can report an escalating threat to life and property.

    In the meantime, the police needs to show progress in fighting this trend of crime; whether in terms of concluded cases leading to convictions or establishing systems to detect and prevent crimes.
    Without this kind of commitment on the part of the law enforcement agencies it would seem that we have thrown our hands up and allowed the criminals to take over.

  • Another woman kidnapped in Kampala, killed

    Tuesday May 08 2018

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    KAMPALA. Police in Kampala are investigating the kidnap and murder of a 19-year-old woman.
    As police in Uganda grapples with challenges of solving the increasing crime rate, Brinah Nalule has become the latest victim of kidnap and murder cases which have rocked the country.

    She was reportedly kidnapped in a taxi at Old Taxi Park in Kampala on Sunday afternoon by unknown thugs who according to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire demanded Shs10m ransom.

    "Her kidnappers demanded Shs10m from parents but parents decided to involve police. The kidnappers strangled her and dumped the body in Kibaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala," Mr Owoyesigyire said.

    Police said a team of detectives had been dispatched to establish the killers after Nalule's body was identified by parents at Mulago hospital on Tuesday evening.
    "We found her body in a state of a person who had been strangled or suffocated to death. We are investigating kidnap and murder," Owoyesigyire added.

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Not alone

She is the fourth woman to be arrested for faking her own kidnap for ransom in just two months.

The regional police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira, said Ms Meloni Nabaasa, 45, of Kaberebere Town Council in Isingiro District, hid in a friend’s house before demanding Shs3.5m from her brothers in Nyamiyanja Sub-county, Isingiro South, on April 17.

On May 8, court in Kampala

Student, boyfriend remanded for staging own kidnap to get ransom from her mother

Tuesday May 08 2018

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KAMPALA- Court in Kampala has remanded a 19-year-old student for staging her own kidnap with the intention to extort money from her mother.
The suspect Peace Ansiimirwe, a resident of Bushenyi-Ishaka in Bushenyi District on Tuesday appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Samuel Kagoda and denied the charges.

She is facing three counts ranging from demanding property with menaces, conspiracy to commit a felony and obtaining money by false pretence.
Ansiimirwe was charged alongside her alleged boyfriend, one Julius Atwebembire who also denied the charges before he was remanded.

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  • Man fakes own kidnap to pocket bride price cash

    Monday April 30 2018

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    Kampala. Police have arrested a man who allegedly faked a kidnap to extort money from his parents, who had earlier got it as a bride price after giving away their daughter.
    Mr Emmanuel Nkurunziza went missing on April 24, and hours later, someone using his (Nkurunziza) mobile phone called the suspected victim’s parents demanding a Shs5 million ransom or harm him.
    The Kisoro District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Ssekalema, said Nkurunziza’s family members told the suspected kidnappers that they did not have the sum of money demanded.

    “The alleged kidnappers reduced the ransom to Shs1 million, but Nkurunziza’s relatives again refused to send the money insisting that they did not have any coin on them,” Mr Ssekalema said yesterday.

    The alleged kidnappers’ bargain again went to Shs500,000, but the suspected victim’s relatives did not relent.
    Mr Ssekalema said after three days, Nkurunziza appeared at Kisoro Police Station claiming that he had been dropped by kidnappers by the roadside.
    “Police officers allowed him to record a statement and left him go home as investigations continued. Later, we found out that he was not telling the truth, we arrested him at his home,” he said.

    Cross examination
    Police interrogated him on how he was kidnapped and what he went through but failed to cover up the gaps in the first statement he recorded.
    The suspect later told detectives that he faked the kidnap-for ransom because he has three loans from three different micro-finance institutions he has failed to service.
    He confessed that he wanted to get a ransom from his parents to offset them.

    “The suspect said he knew that his parents had money because they had just received a bride price,” Mr Ssekalema said.
    He added that they have preferred charges of giving false information to public officers against the suspect.

    Past fake kidnaps

    Ansimire. Last week, Peace Ansimire, 19, a daughter of Reverend Fred Muhwezi, allegedly connived with her boyfriend to get a Shs3.5 million ransom from her parents. They were both arrested and they said they wanted to use the money to start a business.

    Uwase. Two weeks ago, Mariam Uwase, 21, staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting Shs25 million from her boyfriend.

    Tracking. Flying Squad operatives used a Shs700,000 bait to track the suspects and the signal led them to an apartment where she was peacefully staying.

    Others. Three similar incidents have been reported in western Uganda in the last one month.

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  • Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
    Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

    Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

    The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
    He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

    After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
    They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

    Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

    She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

    According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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    Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

    Tuesday February 27 2018

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    Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
    The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

    READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
    "It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

    In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
    Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
    It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

    More details to follow..........

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    Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

    Monday March 26 2018

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    Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
    The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

    The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

    Cause of death
    “The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
    Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
    The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

    According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
    The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
    A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

    Warned
    The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
    However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
    The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

    It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
    A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
    “Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
    The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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  • Five arrested for kidnapping 2-year-old over ransom

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police in Kampala have arrested five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District.
    Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said the suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.
    “We have noticed cases of kidnaps are on the rise and some people have turned it into a business. Some have even faked their own kidnaps to get money from relatives. We ask the public to be vigilant and be fast at reporting these cases,” Mr Kayima said.

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    Judith Nasirumbi, 26 reportedly went missing on April 5. Courtesy photo


    Old Kampala police on Saturday

    Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
    Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

    Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

    The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
    He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

    After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
    They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

    Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

    She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

    According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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    Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

    Tuesday February 27 2018

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    Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
    The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

    READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
    "It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

    In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
    Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
    It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

    More details to follow..........

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    Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

    Monday March 26 2018

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    Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
    The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

    The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

    Cause of death
    “The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
    Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
    The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

    According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
    The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
    A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

    Warned
    The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
    However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
    The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

    It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
    A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
    “Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
    The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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    , Mariam Uwase, who had allegedly faked her own kidnap and asked Shs25 million ransom from her boyfriend.
    In a related development, relatives of one Judith Nasirumbi, 26 are living in fear following her disappearance.
    Nasirumbi disappeared on April 5 from her brother’s home in Nansana, Wakiso District.

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    Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

    Monday April 16 2018

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    Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
    Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

    Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

    The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
    He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

    After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
    They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

    Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

    She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

    According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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    Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

    Tuesday February 27 2018

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    Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
    The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

    READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
    "It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

    In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
    Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
    It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

    More details to follow..........

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    Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

    Monday March 26 2018

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    Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
    The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

    The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

    Cause of death
    “The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
    Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
    The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

    According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
    The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
    A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

    Warned
    The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
    However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
    The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

    It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
    A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
    “Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
    The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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    Relatives suspect she was kidnapped by unknown people under unclear circumstances.
    She was wearing a black dress and sandals at the time of her disappearance.
    A disappearance report was registered at Nansana Police Station SD REF. 75/06/04/2018.
    Relatives have appealed to anyone with information to report to police or call-

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  • Woman arrested over own kidnap, Shs3.5m ransom

    Wednesday April 25 2018

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    MBARARA- Police in Mbarara District are holding a woman for allegedly faking her own kidnap and demanding more than Shs3 million ransom from her family.

    The regional police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira, said Ms Meloni Nabaasa, 45, of Kaberebere Town Council in Isingiro District, hid in a friend’s house before demanding Shs3.5m from her brothers in Nyamiyanja Sub-county, Isingiro South, on April 17.

    Mr Kasasira said the lady colluded with a friend called Beatrice and only “released” herself when her brother raised the Shs3m ransom, which he sent by mobile money.

    Mr Kasasira said Ms Nabasa told relatives that she had been dumped in Lyantonde District and asked for Shs20,000 to travel back home.

    Foul play
    Mr Kasasira said police suspected foul play and arrested Ms Nabasa at Katete in Mbarara District after she had used Shs350,000, part of the ransom she had received.

    “Upon her release, we continued with investigations only to find out that her call location kept rotating around Kaberebere and Katete, yet in her statement she had indicated she was kidnapped and dumped in Lyantonde, which never happened. Her phone location logs never indicated Lyantonde, not even Kiruhura [District],’’ Mr Kasasira said.

    Mr Martin Kakuru, the brother of the suspect, said the family had forgiven their sister, who was divorced and was forced into the act in order to secure school fees for her three children.

    ‘’She is my sister and she has a lot of problems and she wanted money to pay school fees for her children. Even the money that we had sent her, we are not demanding it back,” Mr Kakuru said.

    Ms Nabasa said she needed Shs858,800 for her daughter’s fees at Kashaka Girls School in Mbarara and to offset a Shs1,890,000 bank loan that was due on Monday and she was worried she could be arrested without servicing the debt.

    “I had many problems and was thinking of committing suicide but a friend told me that if I fake kidnap, I would raise the money needed for my children school fees and bank loan which I was to pay yesterday, so I decided to call my brother telling him how I was kidnapped and if he does not send the money, I will be killed,’’ Ms Nabasa said.

    Mr Kasasira said Ms Nabasa has been charged with obtaining money by false pretence and demanding of property with menace.

    “We have cases like this we are still following up, including of children abandoning home just to get money by saying they have been kidnapped. As police we want to condemn this act and whoever will be got in this crime will be prosecuted,” Mr Kasasira warned.

    Mr Kasasira said five cases of kidnap have been reported, including one of a child, who was allegedly killed by a pastor.
    “We have arrested the pastor and his whole team, and we were able to recover two children and two ladies, one of the women was from Kisoro [in south-western Uganda],” he said.

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  • Woman connives with lover to extort money from parents in fake kidnap

    Thursday April 26 2018

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    A 19-year-old woman, who was alleged to have been kidnapped in Bushenyi, western Uganda, five days ago, has been found by police in Kampala City in a case detectives said was an extortion ploy.
    Peace Ansimire, 19, a daughter of Reverend Fred Muhwezi, was found by Flying Squad Unit operatives at Kawaala near Kasubi, Rubaga Division in Kampala City.

    Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said two male suspected kidnappers, who demanded a ransom of Shs3.5m, were arrested in the same operation and are detained at Kampala Central Police Station.
    “We have found out that one of the suspects was dating the suspected kidnap victim. The woman and her lover connived to get money from her parents through pretense that she had been kidnapped. They intended to use the Shs3.5m ransom to start a business and later get married,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

    However, the suspects and suspected victim were not well coordinated in the ploy and when the police used a tracking system and a bait, they were able to be traced and arrested.

    Flying Squad Unit operatives sent the suspected kidnappers Shs750,000 and when they withdrew it, the operatives quickly surrounded the area and arrested the duo.
    “We recovered Shs250,000 of the ransom with the two suspects,” Mr Owoyesigire said.

    The duo revealed where the alleged victim was and she was rescued.
    During interrogation, the suspects told police officers that they willingly moved with the alleged victim from Bushenyi to Kampala City. The victim also didn’t contradict the suspects.

    Mr Owoyesigire said the two male suspects are being held on kidnap charges.
    He said the detectives are still consulting on whether to charge the victim.
    The case is one of the latest incidents in which people connive with other people to extort money in form of a ransom from their relatives on pretence that they are kidnapped.

    Last week, Mariam Uwase, 21, staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting Shs25m from her boyfriend. Flying Squad operatives used a Shs700,000 bait to track the suspects and the signal led them to an apartment where she was peacefully staying.

    Three similar incidents have been reported in Western region in the last one month.
    Cases of kidnaps for ransom are still high in the country.

    Suzan Magara was kidnapped, killed and body dumped on Entebbe Express Highway despite her kidnappers getting a Shs700m ransom.

    Early this month, a baby was also killed in Western region even after a ransom was paid.

    In Wamala region, police have recorded at least five kidnap cases.

    The latest happened two weeks ago, when two men kidnapped a 2-year-old baby before demanding a Shs5m ransom in Mubende Township.
    A ransom was paid and the kidnappers released the baby, but later they used the ransom to party in a local bar where they revealed the crime they committed after they got drunk.
    Bar goers tipped the police and Umar Yiga and Yoweri Mugwanya were arrested. Police recovered a faction of the ransom money.

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Prosecution states that on the April 23 at Kasubi, Rubaga Division in Kampala, the duo with menaces or force demanded Shs 3 million from one Scovia Nahabwe who is Ansiimirwe’s mother with intent of stealing the said money.

It is further alleged that the duo conspired and with menaces demanded Shs 750,000 from Nahabwe falsely pretending that the money in question was to be used to rescue Ansiimirwe from the kidnapers whereas not.
The magistrate adjourned the case to May 18 for mention.
Ansiimirwe is not the first woman to be arrested for staging own kidnap.
Still last month,

Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

Monday April 16 2018

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Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

Read:

Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

Tuesday February 27 2018

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Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
"It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

More details to follow..........

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Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

Monday March 26 2018

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Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

Cause of death
“The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

Warned
The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
“Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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for allegedly staging her own kidnap with intent to extort money from her boyfriend.

Mariam Uwase, reportedly faked her own kidnap to extort money from her boyfriend who’s allegedly mean.

Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who had threatened to kill her if he did not send Shs 25 million ransom.
The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.
After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission which ended with her arrest.

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with the intention of extorting money from her mother.
The suspect Peace Ansiimirwe, a resident of Bushenyi-Ishaka in Bushenyi District appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Samuel Kagoda alongside her boyfriend one Julius Atwebembirebefore and denied the charges.

On April 15, police said they

Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

Monday April 16 2018

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Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later.
He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission.
They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

Upon questioning, she confessed her misdeeds arguing that she lacked money for her siblings’ upkeep.

She is detained at Old Kampala Police Station on charges of giving false information.

According to the Penal Code Act, whoever gives to any person employed in the public service information which he or she knows or believes to be false, commits a misdemeanour.

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Missing woman found dead days after she was kidnapped

Tuesday February 27 2018

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Police have recovered the body of Susan Magara who was kidnapped by unknown people on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division early this month.
The 28-year-old Magara worked as an administrator at a family business owned by her dad, John Magara.

READ:Hopes dwindle for missing girl’s family

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Mr Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the death of Magara adding that her body was found on the Southern Bypass.
"It is true she is dead. Investigators are still at the scene. We shall give you details soon," Mr Owoyesigire said.

In an interview last week, Rebecca Nantogo, who is a friend and workmate of Susan Magara, told Daily Monitor that the family had given up on security agencies and asked God’s grace to prevail over their missing daughter.
Sources revealed that the family had taken a decision not to involve security agencies in the matter.
It is not clear yet where Susan had been held all this time and whether her kidnappers had asked for any ransom.

More details to follow..........

Read:

Kidnapped woman raped, murdered

Monday March 26 2018

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Kampala. The body of a woman, who was allegedly kidnapped for ransom on Friday night, has been found with marks of strangulation and sexual abuse in Kabaawo zone in Mutundwe, Rubaga Division in Kampala.
The body of Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, Kampala, was found by residents on Saturday at about 9am.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, said the suspected kidnappers had demanded Shs5m from the deceased’s relatives to release her, which they did not readily have that night.

Cause of death
“The deceased is suspected to have been strangled to death. We aren’t sure whether the killing happened before or after demanding the money. The pathologists will be able to establish the day she was killed to help us understand what happened first. We are yet to receive the postmortem report,” Mr Owoyesigire said yesterday.

Kyohirwe has been running a restaurant in Masajja on Entebbe Road.
Detectives are also puzzled why she was targeted since she was not wealthy or from well-to-do family. Kidnappers often target people from well-to-do families to be able to get large sum of ransom.
The time of her death will be able to tell the detectives whether it was a kidnap-for-ransom crime or the criminals just wanted to use the opportunity of stealing her mobile phone to extort money from her relatives long after they had killed her.

According to police, Kyohirwe was kidnapped on Friday night at an unknown place, but they suspect it was near Mutundwe since she often goes there for night prayers.
The suspects allegedly used her mobile phone and called her relatives, demanding a ransom of Shs5m.
A police investigator involved in the case said the relatives pleaded with the kidnappers to lower the amount of the ransom and they agreed to reduce it to Shs3m.

Warned
The kidnappers also warned the relatives that if they inform the police, they will kill the victim.
However, the relatives informed Katwe Police Station that they started tracking the suspects.
The kidnappers killed her and dumped the body in a banana plantation in Mutundwe, a city suburb.

It is not yet clear whether the relatives were able to send the ransom to the suspects or not.
A police source said the relatives sent the money, but Mr Owoyesigire denied it.
“Detectives suspect that criminals could have used that opportunity to make money. We don’t know whether they demanded the ransom after killing her or not. The postmortem will be able to guide us on the time she died for us to establish that,” he said.
The deceased’s phone has since been switched off.
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who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend.
Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.
On April 24, police in Mbarara District said they had arrested a woman for allegedly faking her own kidnap and demanding more than Shs3 million ransom from her family.

The regional police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira, said

Woman arrested over own kidnap, Shs3.5m ransom

Wednesday April 25 2018

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MBARARA- Police in Mbarara District are holding a woman for allegedly faking her own kidnap and demanding more than Shs3 million ransom from her family.

The regional police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira, said Ms Meloni Nabaasa, 45, of Kaberebere Town Council in Isingiro District, hid in a friend’s house before demanding Shs3.5m from her brothers in Nyamiyanja Sub-county, Isingiro South, on April 17.

Mr Kasasira said the lady colluded with a friend called Beatrice and only “released” herself when her brother raised the Shs3m ransom, which he sent by mobile money.

Mr Kasasira said Ms Nabasa told relatives that she had been dumped in Lyantonde District and asked for Shs20,000 to travel back home.

Foul play
Mr Kasasira said police suspected foul play and arrested Ms Nabasa at Katete in Mbarara District after she had used Shs350,000, part of the ransom she had received.

“Upon her release, we continued with investigations only to find out that her call location kept rotating around Kaberebere and Katete, yet in her statement she had indicated she was kidnapped and dumped in Lyantonde, which never happened. Her phone location logs never indicated Lyantonde, not even Kiruhura [District],’’ Mr Kasasira said.

Mr Martin Kakuru, the brother of the suspect, said the family had forgiven their sister, who was divorced and was forced into the act in order to secure school fees for her three children.

‘’She is my sister and she has a lot of problems and she wanted money to pay school fees for her children. Even the money that we had sent her, we are not demanding it back,” Mr Kakuru said.

Ms Nabasa said she needed Shs858,800 for her daughter’s fees at Kashaka Girls School in Mbarara and to offset a Shs1,890,000 bank loan that was due on Monday and she was worried she could be arrested without servicing the debt.

“I had many problems and was thinking of committing suicide but a friend told me that if I fake kidnap, I would raise the money needed for my children school fees and bank loan which I was to pay yesterday, so I decided to call my brother telling him how I was kidnapped and if he does not send the money, I will be killed,’’ Ms Nabasa said.

Mr Kasasira said Ms Nabasa has been charged with obtaining money by false pretence and demanding of property with menace.

“We have cases like this we are still following up, including of children abandoning home just to get money by saying they have been kidnapped. As police we want to condemn this act and whoever will be got in this crime will be prosecuted,” Mr Kasasira warned.

Mr Kasasira said five cases of kidnap have been reported, including one of a child, who was allegedly killed by a pastor.
“We have arrested the pastor and his whole team, and we were able to recover two children and two ladies, one of the women was from Kisoro [in south-western Uganda],” he said.

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before demanding Shs3.5m from her brothers in Nyamiyanja Sub-county, Isingiro South, on April 17.

Mr Kayima says of the 25 cases, five ended up in the murder of the victims which cases the Police are following up. Some of the victims include Charity Kyohirwe, 32, a resident of Masajja Parish in Makindye Division, and 19-year-old girl Brinah Nalule.

Mr Kayima also said those who faked their kidnap in the aftermath of the gruesome events have been arrested and charged in court, for giving false information to a public officer.

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Mr Kayima said that it's pertinent for any case of kidnap to be reported even if it's a false alarm. He says the persons who report cases will not be criminalised but any person found to have self-kidnapped will be held criminally liable.

This is a drastic increase from the 48 reported kidnaps recorded between 2015 and January 2018.
During the period, 26 victims were rescued alive while eight were found dead. Another eight were self-kidnaps, four of them recorded in 2017, two in 2016 and two in 2015.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says the trend overshot after the infamous kidnap of Suzan Magara, a 28-year old cashier, whose body was found along the Southern bypass in Kampala after 20-days in captivity.
Kayima says 20 of the people who faked their kidnap in the aftermath of the gruesome events have been arrested and charged in court, for giving false information to a public officer.

Kayima adds that it's pertinent for any case of kidnap to be reported even if it's a false alarm. He says the persons who report cases will not be criminalized but any person found to have self-kidnapped will be held criminally liable.

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