Money changer kidnapped at Katuna by men in army uniform

Wednesday October 9 2019

The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly

The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate identified the victim as Semwogerere Kijwengye 

By EDSON KINENE

Police in Kabale have arrested one man and are hunting for three others over alleged kidnap and aggravated robbery of a money changer at Katuna border.
The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate identified the victim as Semwogerere Kijwengye.
Maate says it is reported that on Wednesday October 9, 2019 at around 12:30pm at Mayengo along Katuna-Kabale road, unknown people traveling in a Pajero whose number plate was not established and armed with a pistol, kidnapped Semwogerere and drove him in his own vehicle Reg no UBE 981F Kawundo, white in colour.
According to Maate, when security learnt of the kidnap, they deployed at all access roads within the region and the suspects were intercepted at Kisizi hospital in Rukungiri District.
"We have arrested one of the four suspects, who was dressed in full army combat while the other three in civilian clothes had escaped using their pajero vehicle,” he said.
He said that the victim was alive but his money amounting to over Shs10 million was taken.
The arrested suspect claims he is not an army man, but used an attire that belongs to a brother in Somalia.
Maate says inquiries are underway to establish the particulars of his associates, and whether he is truly a civilian or otherwise.
"Some of the things we are investigating include knowing his associates, whether he is a civilian and where he got the army uniform from.”
A case file number KATUNA CRR 85/2019 has been opened at Katuna police station.
Nuwagaba Ambrose a resident at Kisiizi trading centre said they were taken by surprise when roadblocks were setup in their locality.
"We kept asking each other what the roadblocks were for because they are never put in our area, only to see people being arrested saying they have kidnapped a person from Kabale.”

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