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Gunmen Kidnap Two More People in Kanungu

According to Niwagaba, the gunmen tied a rope across the road forcing Twinamatisko who was riding the motorcycle to reduce speed. He says four men armed with a Sub Machine Gun-SMG, machete and a spear emerged from the bush with ropes and started tying them.
20 Aug 2019 15:17
Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped two people in Kanungu district barely three weeks after the kidnap of another person. The latest kidnap victims are Ambrose Twinamatsiko, a Boda boda rider and Eldard Twinomujuni, both residents of Nyakagyezi village in Butogota town council.

The two were reportedly kidnapped at Kyabuyorwa village in Butogota town council along Kanyantorogo-Butogota-Bwindi road around 1:40AM Tuesday morning. Jabob Niwagaba, who was with the victims but managed to get away from the kidnappers, says they were riding on a Bajaj boxer motorcycle registration number UEX355L from Butogota town when they were waylaid by the gunmen.      

According to Niwagaba, the gunmen tied a rope across the road forcing Twinamatisko who was riding the motorcycle to reduce speed. He says four men armed with a Sub Machine Gun-SMG, machete and a spear emerged from the bush with ropes and started tying them.   

 

Niwagaba says he fled as the gunmen were busy struggling to tie them. According to the Niwagaba, the gunmen who were dressed in civilian attire were speaking Kiswahili and Rukiga. Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, says the kidnappers dumped the victim’s motorcycle and crossed to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Maate says the kidnappers fired three bullets in the air after crossing to Democratic Republic of Congo.     

Maate says their efforts to trace for the kidnap victims haven’t yielded results. He says they have registered a case of kidnap at Kanungu Police Station under CRB 504 /2019. The kidnap of the trio brings to three, the number of people kidnapped in Kanungu district this month.

On August 7, 2019, unidentified gunmen kidnapped Eli Byarugaba, a resident of Bushoro village in Kihembe parish in Kanyantorogo Sub County in Kanungu district around 11:00PM at Kanyashande village near Ishasha River. Byarugaba was riding a motorcycle from the nearby trading Centre in the company of Naris Twinomuhangi and Frank Kanywani, both residents of Nyabubare cell in Kihembe parish when they were intercepted by six men armed with a Sub Machine Gun, a machete and Spear.    

Gunmen trapped their victims using a rope they had run across the road. However, Naris Twinomuhangi and Frank Kanywani managed to flee from the gunmen unhurt but Byarugaba was trapped.  Byarugaba regained his freedom after his family paid the kidnappers a negotiated ransom of Shillings 4 million. The kidnappers had initially asked for Shillings 10 million.

In July 20, 2019, Akim Niwagaba and Ramadhan Ayinamani, both minors from Kyabuyorwa upper village in Kanungu district were kidnapped from their rice garden in Bugarama village in DRC.     The children were chasing birds from the rice field when two men donning the replicas of the military camouflage uniform armed with AK 47 rifles emerged from the nearby bush and held them at gunpoint.

They were released after their parents paid Shillings 2 million in ransom. In January 2019, Isaiah Mbeeta, a resident of Munyaga village in Western ward in Kanungu district was kidnapped from his garden in DRC, a few Kilometers from Butogota border.  He was released after his family paid ransom of Shillings 1.5 million. In April 2019, Ronald Niwamanya and Dan Tweheyo, both residents of Nyabirehe village in Kanungu district were kidnapped by gunmen from their banana plantation in DRC.      

They were released after their parents paid ransom of Shillings 3.5 million to kidnappers, down from the initial Shillings 11 million demanded.  Still in April 2019, gunmen kidnapped American tourist, Kimberley Sue Endicott and her Ugandan tour guide, Jean-Paul Mirenge inside Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kanungu district before crossing to DRC. 

The gunmen released their victims after receiving a negotiated sum of USD 30,000 (about 112 Shillings million). In August 2018, gunmen kidnapped Robert Mugabe, a resident of Busoni village in Kituba parish in Nakasongola district while transporting fish together with three others traders to DRC from Kasese district.

The victims were intercepted in Queen Elizabeth National park near the Southern Gate Army Barracks in Kanungu district.  He was released after his family paid a ransom of USD 7,500 (about 27.6 million Shillings)