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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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