A man in Kawempe has faked his own kidnap and successfully got three million shillings from his wife. Police is now hunting for the man but the wife is no longer cooperative as she doesn't want the suspect who duped her to be arrested.
Police have vowed to find and arrest a man who duped his wife and led her into debt, borrowing money to buy his release from alleged kidnappers yet he was behind the whole kidnap plot.
The man who lives with his wife in Kawempe faked his own kidnap and
successfully got three million shillings from his wife who thought he was in danger of being killed by kidnappers.
Only identified as Mark, the man in his mid-30s
disappeared from his wife’s home in Kawempe 11 parish last week at around 9pm.
While leaving the house, Mark told the wife who has been identified as
Salome that he was going to buy airtime from a pay way machine.
When it was about midnight, Salome became concerned. She
called his telephone lines but they were all off. She spent the night trying to
reach him but all was in vain. In the morning, she filled a case of disappearance
Minutes after she had open a case with police, she
received a call from her husband using one of his known telephone lines. Salome
said her husband sounded scared and seemingly under duress.He informed
her that he had been kidnapped.
Salome updated police after she received the call, reporting that he had told me that the kidnappers wanted 3 million
shillings, and would kill him if she failed to send them the money.
Patrick Onyango, the Kampala metropolitan police
spokesperson, said Kawempe police decided to hunt for the alleged kidnappers. All
the footage captured by Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras in the area was
retrieved hoping to see Mark’s abductors.
Onyango adds that police warned the woman not to succumb
to kidnappers’ ransom demands. She was tasked to keep updating police every
time she received Salome updated police when she received a call from the kidnappers in addition to noting down the time
of every call.
Nevertheless, Salome did not heed to police’s advice
of not sending money to kidnappers. She rushed and borrowed money from one of
her close friends. She topped up on what she already had and sent it on her
In less than two hours, Mark resurfaced claiming he
had been dumped on the roadside in the same area of residence. The next day Salome
informed police that her husband had come back unhurt.
“We asked her to tell him to come and record a statement.
She did not bring the husband and she never came back. We checked with our
intelligence network and reviewed our CCTVs in the area and there was not any
group captured grabbing a person on that night. We are sure it was a self-kidnap,”
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When police became suspicious about the kidnap and
ransom narrative, investigators decided to visit the home in order to have an
interview with the alleged victim. However, Mark escaped minutes before police
The wife, according to one of the detectives at
Kawempe, has since received information from her husband’s friends that he was
actually having money related issues. It is alleged he was living in one of the
relative’s home within their home’s vicinity.
“The wife has since learnt that he was actually duped
by her husband. But she has decided not to cooperative with police because she
knows her husband will be arrested and prosecuted,” a detective said.
Onyango said police won’t close the case file until
the victim now turned suspect is arrested to answer charges of self-kidnap and
obtaining money by false pretense.
A year ago, Bruno Tayebwa, a resident of Kabalagala,
was arrested after faking his own kidnap and demanding 10 million ransom from
Tayebwa called his wife Evas Ainomugisha claiming he
had been kidnapped by four people travelling in a saloon car. Police’s Flying
Squad Unit (FSU) tracked and arrested him from Jinja where he was hiding.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.